Your car’s radiator is used to cool the coolant. In the event of a coolant leak, it may be the radiator that is punctured. You then risk overheating the engine, which can lead to breakage of the engine.
The role of the radiator is to prevent the engine from overheating. The motor generates heat when it is running. The coolant stores this heat and then passes it through the radiator where it is absorbed. The coolant is then returned to the engine.
The radiator is the main component of the cooling system, so it is important to keep it in good working condition. If you suspect a failure of this one here are the signs of a defective radiator
Leaking coolant on the floor
The coolant passes through the radiator, so if the latter has a leak, the liquid will flow under the vehicle. This can happen while driving or while your vehicle is parked. To be sure to identify a leak or crack in your radiator, Good Mecani pcrofessional partners will need to do a pressure test to verify that the radiator is indeed the cause.
During this test, the radiator is pressurized and a dye is added to the coolant. If it leaks, you may need to replace your radiator.
If your vehicle is constantly overheating, the radiator may be failing. A faulty radiator is often the cause of overheating because it is the only way to cool the engine. It is best to deal with this problem quickly, as long as the damage is not too significant.
If you are not careful, the engine will continue to overheat and cause your vehicle to break down. In this case, the repairs may be more extensive, so it is better to fix the problem as soon as the vehicle begins to overheat.
Sludge in the radiator
The coolant in your car should normally be yellow, green, or red. When the radiator wears out, the fluid is contaminated and takes on the color of oil or rust.
This then turns into sludge and the liquid is then no longer able to cool the engine because it will not flow properly and will remain in the radiator.
This may be due to a faulty radiator, for vehicles that contain an oil cooler. The barrier between the coolant and the transmission fluid is broken, and the two fluids mix. If you or your mechanic notices sludge in the radiator, it should
Abnormally low coolant level
If your coolant level warning light comes on, or if you constantly need to refill your coolant reservoir, your radiator may be leaking. Don’t just refill coolant. Take your vehicle to the garage to be properly checked.
As soon as you notice a coolant leak, the vehicle overheating, a drop in the liquid level or sludge in the radiator, contact a mechanic to carry out repairs on your cooling system.
Good Mecanic facilitates the repairs to be made on your radiator, by coming directly to your home or workplace to find the problem and solve it. You can schedule an appointment online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.