Your Vehicle’s radiator is a crucial component of the engine. If the radiator stops working, then your car does too! We’re put together this short article explaining some of the things that can cause a radiator to malfunction.
There are several main reasons why a radiator may stop working. It may depend on the material the radiator is made of, usually copper, brass, aluminium or in some cases even plastic. The most common malfunction is simple a blockage. The coolant used in a radiator should be about the same consistency as water and be a bluish or greenish colour. If the radiator is rusted on the inside, then that rust will flake off and mix with the coolant, creating a brown or yellowish sludge. This sludge will then start clogging the radiator. This can be avoided by changing your coolant during your regular car service.
Normal wear and tear from driving, or damage from rocks and debris from the road may also damage a vehicle’s radiator. If damage occurs, then it may lead to leaks or holes. This is bad news as coolant can escape, leading to over-heating over the engine. And it doesn’t have to be the metal of the radiator that gets damaged; the hoses can develop punctures or kinks that stop the coolant from flowing, resulting in the same problems. If a radiator cap isn’t working then this can also cause leaks which lead to serious problems.
If your radiator stops working then things will start to go wrong very quickly. The point of a radiator is to cool the engine down, and if your engine heats up too much then it can literally weld itself together. All that metal grinding against metal needs to be lubricated with oil, and the oil needs to cool down and that why it goes to the radiator. Everything’s connected in an engine, and it all works together. If one thing fails, then the rest will surely follow.