27 Sep Avoid Engine Overheating By Learning How To Maintain Radiators In All Your Vehicles, Plus Useful Radiator Maitenance Tips
How To Maintain Radiators In Your Vehicles – What Do You Need To Know.
Ok! Many people know that from time to time you have to top up the fluid level in your car’s reservoir with coolant. Is this all you need to know about how to maintain radiators in your vehicles? The radiator is a critical component of your car’s cooling system and without it, you would experience engine overheating and eventually total engine failure. So, if you wish to avoid potentially costly repairs in the future, there are some additional things about radiator maintenance you should probably know.
Coolant Circulating Through Your Radiator – The Lifeblood Of Your Car’s Cooling System
The fluid in your car’s cooling system (called coolant) is a 50:50 mixture of water and an additive that is commonly referred to as antifreeze. Antifreeze does what the name implies and prevents the coolant freezing in low temperatures. Radiator coolant that is frozen solid cannot flow through the system and so cannot perform it’s function. Paradoxically this can also lead to your car overheating. Even in hot weather, the antifreeze has a role to play. It raises the boiling point of the coolant so that, even at temperatures above 100 deg. C, the coolant doesn’t become steam. It also protects the car’s cooling system from corrosion and scale buildup.
Your radiator coolant levels should not drop unless you have a radiator leak or a leak elsewhere in the system e.g. one of the radiator hoses. These leaks can be very small so you may not see any evidence besides a slow gradual drop in fluid level. If you notice a sudden large drop in the level or see puddles of green or blue water beneath your car, you have a major leak that you should attend to urgently. Filling up the reservoir with just water should only be done as a temporary measure to enable you to get home or better still, your nearest ADRAD Radiator Repair specialist. If you do add coolant yourself, please be sure to…
- Use the right type of coolant as specified in your vehicle owner’s manual.
- Dilute the antifreeze with water as per the recommendations on the bottle or if you prefer, a premixed coolant is available.
- Replace the radiator cap tightly and run the engine to check that it is not leaking.
- Never mix different types of coolant together as they may react with one another.
- Never allow pets or children to have access to coolant or antifreeze as ingestion may be lethal.
Who Knows The Most About How To Maintain Radiators – ADRAD Agents Of Course!
If this all sounds like it should be put “into the too hard basket” then you can always contact the ADRAD agent nearest you who will be only too happy to replace the coolant for you. This should be done regularly and at the same time, our radiator repair experts can perform a pressure test to find any leaks as well as a radiator clean and coolant flush to remove deposits and sludge buildup from the system. The coolant flush cost is a modest expense that can save you a lot of money down the line. We also have a bunch of very handy tips about how to maintain radiators and prolong their life here.
Sometimes it is necessary to have your radiator repaired, reconditioned or even replaced. Agents in our Nationwide Radiator Repair Network use only quality parts and materials and supply only the best aftermarket radiators. All repair work and products are covered by the ADRAD two-year nationwide radiator warranty support so you can have complete peace of mind. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us.