The Importance of the Radiator

How a Radiator WorksKeeping the radiator in optimum operating condition is imperative to the overall health of your vehicle.

A car’s engine produces a lot of heat when it runs. A radiator is a vital component of your vehicle that prevents the engine from overheating.

The function of the radiator is to blow air across the coolant to cool down the liquid, dispersing the heat from the engine to the outside air of the vehicle.

Coolant maintains a stable temperature inside the engine when you are driving. The normal operating temperature of most vehicles is between 195 and 220 degrees. If the engine rises about this temperature and the coolant fails to cool it down, the engine will overheat.

Many issues can affect radiators and the supporting components.

A radiator can crack, clog, or fail. If radiator issues are not addressed and repaired immediately, permanent damage can be done to the internal workings of the engine.

If your vehicle is experiencing radiator issues, driving long distances could result in engine damage. Take your vehicle to the trusted technicians at AutoWorks as soon as possible.

Signs of Radiator Issues

Here are some signs that may indicate the radiator is failing.

Overheating: The radiator is cooling the coolant flowing through the vehicle’s engine. The most common symptom of a faulty radiator is an overheating engine. You will know something is wrong with the radiator if the engine starts overheating. If you see these issues it could be from broken parts inside the radiator or the need for more coolant. But keep in mind that overheating may not necessarily be caused by a faulty radiator. The vehicle may just need coolant or the thermostat has failed.

Leak: Another common symptom of a faulty radiator is a visible coolant leak. A leak could be from worn-out hoses and issues inside the radiator. Radiators are made of metal and plastic and plastic can become brittle and crack. You will see radiator fluid coming onto the ground after you stop running the vehicle. This can be yellow, green, or red fluid.

Discolored fluid: Corrosion inside the radiator can cause rust to enter the coolant, turning it into a brown sludge. The coolant in your vehicle’s radiator should be yellow, green, or red and about the same consistency as water. The sludge flows more slowly and cannot cool the engine efficiently. If left unchecked, the sludge will affect your radiator’s ability to function. A number of issues could be the cause of this and you should visit your trusted technician at AutoWorks right away.

Low coolant level: If the low coolant light appears on the dashboard, there could be a leak somewhere that is causing the coolant levels to fall. If you are constantly adding coolant, you should visit your trusted AutoWorks technicians to fix the problem.

White smoke: White smoke that is coming out from under the hood is a sign that your vehicle is overheating. If this is happening, you need to pull over right away, turn off the engine, and let the vehicle cool down.

Call the Radiator Experts Today

Radiator repair is a serious situation that requires immediate attention and the knowledge of experienced and expert professionals. At AutoWorks, our expert and professional technicians can spot radiator problems right away and fix them. Call AutoWorks today at 561-272-7451.