Since the engine plays a big part in running the vehicle, it has a tendency to overheat. This requires the function of the radiator, maintaining the proper temperature by removing the excess heat produced from the engine. In fact, what makes it possible for the vehicle to go in very long destination is through the auto radiator. Thus, it is vital check its condition as well as the cooling system.
To personally ensure the condition of the radiator, the following tasks can be of great help to make the part in well working order:
ü It is important to keep the engine coolant topped up at all times. When the level of the coolant is constantly low, it may affect the operation of the radiator, causing it to be damaged including the cooling system. Topping up more than twice a year most likely indicates a leak. This calls for the radiator to be professionally inspected by an auto mechanic.
ü Observe the temperature of the engine. If there is a frequent rise in temperature unlike before, it could mean that something is wrong with the radiator and it is not working at an ideal operation.
ü Look over the cooling system. Check if there is any sign of corrosion in clamps, damaged hoses or cracks at the core of the radiator. Also, inspect the gasket on the cap of radiator as well as any drip marks underneath the vehicle. But remember, even if you already turned off the engine, the water contained in the radiator may still be hot for a moment. Thus, let it cool for a while before removing the radiator cap.
Having the vehicle undergo a radiator and cooling system test is necessary, normally once every two years.
These tests include:
- Pressure test on the radiator cap – ensures that only the appropriate pressure is released.
- Thermostat test – guarantees to have proper flow of the coolant.
- Fan test – this obviously checks if the engine fan including other fans are operating in good condition.
- Pressure test on the system – the process inspects if there is any leak formed especially under pressure.