The main purpose of a car radiator is to prevent the engine from overheating. It is essential to spot the signs of a failing radiator, as a damaged engine could turn out to be a very expensive repair. As the engine generates heat when it is running, coolant absorbs the heat and passes it via the radiator to get it cooled off. Subsequently, the coolant will then be circulated back to the engine. The radiator is hence a vital part of the cooling system.
Here are the 5 signs of a bad car radiator.
1. Leaking Coolant
The coolant moves via the radiator, and in the event there is a leak, the coolant will leak on the ground beneath the car. If you notice leaked liquid underneath your parked car, it would be advised to have your car checked. The coolants do come in various colours, depending on your car model. You could take note of the colour of the leaked liquid, and inform the workshop that you call.
2. Car Overheats
When the radiator is faulty, your car engine will continuously overheat. You can observe this on the temperature gauge on your dashboard. If the issue persists, the engine will continue to overheat and it will lead to the breakdown of your car.
3. Contaminated build-up
Coolant colours are typically yellowish, greenish, or reddish. When the coolant appears rusty, this indicates a buildup of some contaminant in the radiator. The thickened fluid will slow down in its flow to and from the engine and the radiator. This will cause the cooling process to become inefficient and can lead to engine overheating.
4. Low Coolant Levels
When you consistently have to add coolant to your radiator or low coolant light flashes frequently, there could be coolant leaks.
5. Fins on Radiator contorted
As the fins on the radiator could be hit by flying gravel, they can get contorted over time. This will impede air flow and affect the cooling process of the radiator.
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