Posted On: Monday, September 23, 2019
A radiator is a crucial part of every vehicle’s cooling system. A vehicle engine operates by burning fuel, a process that generates a considerable amount of heat. Also, the engine comprises of several moving parts, all of which create friction, which increases the temperature. This is where the radiator comes in; it disperses heat away from the engine hence preventing your engine from overheating and seizure.
A car engine must always maintain a 195 – 200 degrees Fahrenheit for optimum performance. To this end, when it gets too hot and reaches a particular temperature above 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the thermostat allows the flow of water and coolant around the car engine and back to the radiator where the heat is reduced due to the cooler surrounding air.
Overheating is a common cause of engine failure and can cost you a lot of money. Fortunately, overheating is preventable for a fraction of what you would have spent on replacing your engine. So keep your radiator clean, well-maintained, undamaged and repair it or replace it straight away if you notice any problems.
Leaks – A vehicle’s cooling system has many gaskets, hoses, and seals. When these parts deteriorate or get damaged, you end up dealing with leaks. Holes or cracks in the rubber coolant hoses in your engine and cooling system can allow coolant to leak. Age is a significant factor here: these hoses get brittle over time and start to crack.
Rusty radiator fluid – Rusty radiator fluid is an indication that your radiator might be gummed up. Our mechanics will give your radiator a thorough flash out, change the coolant, and more importantly, bleed the cooling system to take care of any air pockets.
Hose Problems – If the hose is worn out, then the only solution is to replace. However, sometimes, you might find that the hose found at the top of the radiator is too hot, whereas the one at the bottom is cold. When this is the case, this is a sign of a faulty thermostat. Your engine might stay cool if not overworked, but at high speed where the engine needs to do more work, there won’t be enough coolant flow due to the failed thermostat. Other radiator car radiator repairs include:
– Filler neck repairs
– Rod out a core
If your car is getting hotter than usual, you should consider making an appointment with one of our mechanics. We will inspect your cooling system for leaks, replace any hoses that are worn, check the compressor belt, check the thermostat, etc. Some of the standard tests done to assess radiator problems include:
– Pressure tests to identify leaks
– Flow test for confirming a chocked core
Our repairers in Framingham and Natick, MA will then use the results of the test to make recommendations and offer a more accurate quotation. A radiator flush should be done every other year, or every 40,000 to 60,000 miles. Call now for an appointment (508) 820-9323, or use our contact form to get in touch.