Common Radiator Problems in Cars

Due to the combustion process, vehicle engines will produce tremendous heat. To maintain the engine properly from temperature cooling system will help. If you are properly caring your cooling system, the radiator problems can prevent for a long period. In this article we will see some of the common problems that faced by the car radiators.

  • Radiator leaks: The leaks in radiator are generally caused because of old age, or with an accident. Flying rocks or stones on the road can also do serious damage. These have to be repaired or replaced immediately. The leaks in the radiator would cause to loss of coolant and it lead to engine overheat. Locating the radiator leaks is more difficult than hoses problems. You can identify the leak position by observing steam or bubbles coming from radiator. Sometimes these leaks can be patched but this is a tricky job.
  • Rust: The radiators are made of metal susceptible to rust. In modern radiators, plastic top is using but inside of the radiator consistently exposed to moisture. Check for the coolant color and level in the radiator. If you find the fluid brown in color, the cooling system has excessive rust, and the recommended action is flushing it out.

Check for the signs of rust on radiator cap and its surrounding. The rust is heavy, you need to inspect the radiator also. By using high quality anti freeze or coolant mixed with distilled water in right amount. The coolant system metal parts made of aluminum. It will get benefited with coolant and distilled water but not with tap water. Flushing the radiator once per year will give good performance and rust free.

  • Fan failed: The air is pulled through the radiator by an electric fan in the modern cars. It keeps the car cool at low speeds and when idle. If the car heat is fine on the freeways, but in traffic or idle it is overheating indicates the problem of the fan in the radiator

  • Electrical problems: Electrochemical reaction will occur when there are any faulty ignition wires inside the radiator tubes. Electromagnetic energy is naturally given out by the ignition wires. The radiator tubes are prone to be affected by the faulty ignition wires. The stray currents by those ignition wires will destroy the unit but slowly.

    Car radiators usually last for a period of five years. If your vehicle is more than five years age old, you might have noticed the symptoms like the engine producing little more heat than before. This is the indication for the damage of your vehicle radiator. You have to replace your radiator or need some repairs.