Mechanical Trouble? 4 Potential Triggers Behind A Damaged Radiator In Your Car

30 June 2016
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Your car radiator is part of a system that cools the engine down to prevent overheating. Any damage to the radiator may have adverse effects on the way your engine runs. These potential triggers may result in a damaged car radiator. You will need a qualified mechanic to fix the problem immediately before your car faces major damage. 

You Get Into An Accident And The Radiator Cracks

An accident that involves the front part of your car can damage the radiator because of the sheer force of the collision. If the car has been badly damaged in the front, then the radiator may crack and coolant will start to leak out of it. This is easy to notice because puddles of coolant liquid will form below the bonnet of the car. If the leak is small, then the mechanic will simply need to seal the crack. But if the hole is large, then the mechanic may need to replace the entire radiator.

Your Coolant Levels Fall, Causing Overheating 

If your engine starts overheating regularly while you drive, then it is a clear indication of radiator damage. Overheating occurs when the coolant levels are low and the car runs excessively. If your engine overheats, you will notice steam arising from the bonnet. Coolant levels may fall either because you haven't filled it for a long time or because of a hidden leak. You can either check the coolant level on your own or you can leave it to a qualified mechanic to determine and fix the problem.

Your Radiator Begins To Rust

Rust typically forms because of condensation in the radiator. Over time, this rust will corrode the metal surface of the radiator, which may block proper flow of coolant through the system. If your radiator is not flushed regularly, rust accumulates over time. A qualified mechanic will need to regularly check and service the radiator system to prevent rust from forming.

Your Radiator's Soldering Is Damaged

Soldering for the joints of radiators could break down and damage the system over time. Soldering is typically found on the header and tubes of a car radiator. As the car gets more timeworn, the radiator's solder weakens and may fall apart. If a qualified mechanic doesn't rectify this problem, it could end up damaging other parts of your radiator and engine.

Regular maintenance for radiators is essential to prevent major damage. If you notice any of these problems, get a qualified mechanic to address them as soon as possible.