Uh oh – the radiator’s blown! … or regular radiator maintenance? You choose

Uh oh – the radiator’s blown! … or regular radiator maintenance? You choose

What are the consequences of your farm tractor’s radiator, or any vehicle’s radiator for that matter, overheating?

When your vehicle’s radiator overheats, it affects much more than just the radiator. It can result in serious engine damage, even a blown head gasket. And once the head gasket cools, you’ll then have to deal with combustion problems and coolant leaks as well.

If the antifreeze in a radiator reaches boiling point, watch out! Older radiators can burst as a result, and pistons can seize and cause engine damage.

Preventative care of equipment and radiator maintenance is better than having to deal with disaster …

Some people believe that “as long as there is clean oil and water in any motor, it will keep running”. But this is a short-sighted view, and anyone who fails to maintain their farming gear, does so at their peril. They could well end up paying for expensive repairs and having unpaid downtime thrust upon them.

Your farm tractor is one of your biggest machinery investments. Could you do without it? Unlikely. Simple radiator maintenance should keep your farm tractor, farm equipment, trucks and irrigation pumps running well. So doesn’t it make financial sense to regularly check and service their radiators, even if you have to get someone to do it for you?
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Maintaining equipment properly in the long run is far cheaper, and less inconvenient than having to deal with a major repair. Remember to:

  • replace parts before they wear out,
  • changing the oil and filters at least annually,
  • flush the radiator, and
  • add antifreeze to lubricate the water pump

When our radiator specialists do routine radiator maintenance, they look for things like:

  • Internal clogging
  • External clogging
  • Radiator or tank cracks
  • Excessive antifreeze
  • Signs of corrosion
  • Signs of electrolysis

We can also hot and cold pressure test your EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) cooler out of your John Deere Tractor, as well as service, re-core or even rebuild your heavy machinery’s radiators.

Radiator Maintenance Tip: Don’t forget to regularly flush the radiators on all your machinery. Over time, radiators can block up causing engines to overheat.

“We sell and maintain radiators for on-highway vehicles (delivery trucks, vans, etc.), off-highway vehicles (such as diggers, excavators, graders, dump trucks, and more), agriculture machinery (irrigation pumps and other stationary motors) or farm radiators needed for your harvesters, bailers, tractors and quad bikes. We have radiators for absolutely every vehicle or stationary motor,” says Phil Hancock of National Radiators Ltd.

Our radiator service agents understand that even with regular maintenance you may still need repairs to radiators, or even have to replace them completely.

As Benjamin Franklin once said,

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

So, don’t procrastinate – call your local 0800 Radiator specialist today and talk to them about your annual maintenance requirements.