Detecting a Radiator Problem

Overheating is one of the automotive problems that you will most likely encounter as a motorist. When an engine overheats, it is positive that other engine parts are badly affected. Beyond doubt, overheating leads to the wear and tear of various internal components of your automobile. Once the inner system of your vehicle is damaged, brace yourself for serious engine errors or worse, a total engine breakdown. In addition, there are instances wherein overheating sets off an engine to suddenly collapse even without all individual engine parts being corrupted.

The internal combustion engine of your vehicle is vulnerable to overheating. The engine is designed to proficiently function at a specific operating temperature. When the temperature rises above the ideal, there is a huge tendency for the engine to fail. Taking into account that it is the nature of the engine to create lots of heat, it will be very difficult for motorists like you to sustain the right engine temperature without any automotive device. The auto component that can prevent your car from overheating is the auto radiator.

the Volvo auto radiator

An auto radiator is a component of your car’s engine that disperses the heat, which was absorbed by the antifreeze from the engine, into the cooling air. It is a very important auto part that renowned automobiles such as Honda, BMW, Toyota, Porsche, and Nissan are all equipped with high-quality auto radiators. When the car radiator of one of these brands malfunctions, the engine will certainly suffer from the consequences of excessive heat. In view of that, it is important to immediately solve problems with every vehicle’s auto radiator. The first step in fixing a defective car radiator is definitely determining the problem. Here are some basic tips in detecting auto radiator defect:

  1. If you sense something strange in your car’s temperature, there must be something wrong with the car radiator. If your vehicle is colder than the normal, you must immediately check the car radiator overflow.
  2. Unfasten the radiator cap and check the inside of the car radiator for any change.
  3. If your auto radiator is unfilled, supply it with a coolant or water. Don’t forget to close the cap afterwards.
  4. If the auto radiator is filled with rusty water, wash it out.
  5. The auto radiator must be flushed and treated with a commercial radiator sealant if you discover that it is leaking.

Every auto radiator, whether it’s a Mercedes, Volkswagen or Volvo radiator, needs to be properly maintained. See to it that your car’s radiator is free from defects.

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7 Responses to Detecting a Radiator Problem

  1. trushar says:

    i have recent face this problem that,,,
    i have maruti suzuki wagon r,
    recently when i drive my car, car temperature indicate hot
    what does it mean, by turn off the engine my car is not started
    what does it means

  2. trushar says:

    pls reply as soon as possible

  3. autofrankie says:

    I’m not really sure to what exactly your car’s problem is Trushar. But, you can do several things about it. First of all, check if the radiator has enough coolant to go about. As far as I’m concerned with Suzuki wagons, they not need much coolants. Second, the problem is maybe with the air conditioning. Do double check that. Third, well just follow the 5 steps indicated on the post and I’m sure you’ll somehow fix the heating problems.

  4. autofrankie says:

    here’s a better explanation Trushar…

    inherently, the car’s temperature is hot. this is due to the operation of the internal combustion engine. since the engine churns the car’s fuel and oxygen supply, it generates a lot of heat along the way. hence, every car needs a cooling system, which is being run by the car’s radiator. but while the car performs really well under a high temperature, we all know that it could also cause the engine parts to wear out easily, or worse, cause the car to overheat.

    so in your case, if the car temperature says it’s hot, then you should turn your engine off and let it cool off for a while. other people idle their engines for a while, but doing so does not really help. so shut your engine for a minute and then start fresh. it is probably also best for you to get some Suzuki cold air intakes, they will help a lot in your case…

    Hope that helps… – Auto Frankie’s girlfriend, Suzie A.

  5. renee northrop says:

    DEAR SIR, i HAVE A 1995 CHEVY TRUCK AND IT HAS HAD 4 RADIATORS IN THE LAST MONTH. i’M ON DISIBILITY AND REALLY DON’T DRIVE VERY FAR TO EVEN PUT ALOT OF MILES ON THE TRUCK. SO, i HAVE TAKEN IT TO vICTORS RADIATOR SHOP IN POMONA. hE PUT 3 RADIATORS IN 3 YEARS. AND SAYS IT COULD BE A ELECTRICAL PROBLEM. bUT NO ONE CAN FIND THE PROBLEM. NOW I HAVE TAKEN IT TO A GENTLEMEN ON ARROW AND GAREY. AND HE HAS PUT 4 IN THE LAST MONTH. HE CAN’T FIQURE IT OUT EITHER. HAVE YOU HEARD OF THIS PROBLEM BEFORE. i WOULD TRULY APPRECIATE ANY ADVICE FROM YOU. SINCERELY RENEE NORTHROP

  6. renee northrop says:

    i WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY MY 1995 CHEVY TRUCK KEEPS HAVING TO REPLACE MY RADIATOR CONSTANLY. NEW WATER PUMP NEW FAN. NEW HOSES. NO ONE CAN FIQURE IT OUT. i TRY TO SEND THIS MESSAGE EARLIER, BUT DONT KNOW IF IT GOT THROUGH TO YOU. SOME ONE SAID IT MIGHT BE ELECTRICAL. COULD YOU GIVE ME SOME IDEA’S. PLEASE SINCERELY RENEE NORTHROP

  7. autofrankie says:

    Hi Renee, I’ll be tackling your problem in my next post. I’m still consulting my books on this one. You see, if you have to constantly change your radiator, then it’s possible that the damage could be caused by blown seams, tube-to-header leaks or possibly a build up of black iron sludge underneath the unit. Leaky fittings could also be a prime candidate.

    If the problem is electric then it’s possible that your issue has to do with your ignition wires. These wires naturally give off electromagnetic energy. When a stray current hits, it could cause an electrochemical reaction inside your radiator’s tubes, which could lead to the quick destruction of your current cooling system.

    Try asking your mechanic where the general areas of wear and tear begins to show up.

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