Overheating: What To Do When It Happens

February 14, 2008

You’re late for work, the traffic is terrible and you’re practically in the middle of the highway when all of a sudden you see smoke rise up. You’re thinking that you’re imagining things and it’s just the heat wave playing tricks on you (or some idiot decided that revving up their engine and have smoke come out is a cool thing to do). But then it starts to increase and you know for sure that it’s no mirage. You’re engine is overheating. So being a good citizen, you slowly (and painstakingly) pull yourself to the side of the road to avoid causing more traffic to the already heavily populated highway. I’m about to say something which may actually cause you folks to react violently but let me assure you that this type of mishap is normal. At one point in our lives this has happened to us. Most of the time, the causes of this could be a busted radiator hose, one of the auto parts in your car’s cooling system. If you find yourself in this situation, the steps below will help you temporarily fix the problem giving you time to drive yourself to the nearest service station and to call your boss so you can file a leave (Trust me and take the day off. It’ll do you wonders).

  1. Open your cars hood, let out some steam (from your car not from you) and locate its source. Remember, before you touch anything, make sure your car’s engine has cooled off. The engine can give off an intense amount of heat and can cause burns if you make a mistake of touching any of its parts while it’s still hot.
  2. Check the radiator hose, look for the hole and dry it completely.
  3. Get a piece of duct tape (about 2 to 3 inches will do) and use it to cover the hole found in your radiator hose. Make sure to press it firmly at the center to keep it in place.
  4. Once done, get a longer piece of duct tape and wrap it around the hose and over the damaged portion. Start slightly above the original patchwork you initially did. Again, make sure that it’s tight and secure.
  5. Before starting your way home or to the nearest service station, make sure you have enough radiator fluid. If you feel like you don’t have enough, you can just use plain old H20 (that’s water folks).

Once you have this done, make sure to have your radiator hose replaced immediately. Most auto parts and discount auto parts shops carry this. Don’t rely on the patchwork you just did. Unless you enjoy making your life a living hell.


Radiator Hose Replacement

September 26, 2007

The radiator is beyond doubt an essential part of your vehicle. Fulfilling a crucial part in the cooling process of the automotive system, the auto radiator is something your vehicle can never afford to lose.

In order for your radiator to deliver its task effectively, it must be properly connected to the engine of your vehicle. The link that binds the engine and the radiator is an automotive component called radiator hose. This radiator device, which is usually rubber-made, comes in different types. Some of the most common types are the accordion hose, molded hose, and the ordinary radiator hose.

Every vehicle owner should know the importance of the radiator hose. When this auto part fails to function properly, the engine is likely to overheat. No matter how sturdy a radiator hose is, it will be subjected to deterioration sooner or later. In view of that, it is best to change your automobile’s radiator hose once every four years. It is also essential to bring them to the experts for regular assessment.

On the other hand, there are occasions when your radiator hose will malfunction despite your efforts to provide it with optimum maintenance. Breakage and leaks are some of the signs that should prompt you to replace your radiator hose. As an ordinary vehicle owner, you might suppose that replacing the radiator hose of your vehicle is something that should not be done alone. That is a common misconception. There are some automotive procedures that you can entrust to your own hands. Replacing the radiator hose is a process far from being complicated. You just have to gain mastery of its basics.

  1. In changing your radiator hose, the first thing you have to do is bleed dry your radiator from its existing coolant. Using your dependable pliers, let loose of the pet cock located at the bottom of the radiator.
  2. When you are certain that the radiator has been totally freed from the old coolant, do not forget to tighten once again the pet cock.
  3. After entirely removing the old coolant, you can start getting rid of your defective radiator hose. First, undo the clamps of your radiator hose. Afterward, move them toward the center of the radiator hose. Then lightly pull the hose.
  4. You need to grease the interior of your new radiator hose before you put them in place.
  5. Grasp the new radiator hose tightly as you fasten its clamps.
  6. Replenish the radiator system with new coolant.

After correctly following these six easy steps, you can be assured that your vehicle will not suffer from overheating due to a defective radiator hose. You don’t really have to see a professional mechanic just to have your radiator hose replaced.