To avoid catastrophic engine damage, it’s important to keep an eye on your radiator to handle any damage that may occur. The job of the car radiator is to remove heat from the engine to regulate the temperature and prevent overheating. The engine burns fuel which creates a large amount of heat. The engine has to cool in order to protect the entire system. The radiator handles the bulk of this job by keeping the engine running at the proper temperature.

It’s important to check your radiator’s water and coolant levels. Most radiator failures trace back to leaking coolant. It’s natural to will gradually lose coolant over time, but a sudden, noticeable dip is an indicator of a leak. Check your coolant(antifreeze) for green or red/orange color with a sweetish scent. Radiator leaks can occur in a few places. Radiator hoses, water pumps, engine blocks, and radiator tanks can all be the source. In the case of hoses, they have the ability to dry and crack over time. Rust inside your radiator or rubble out on the road can cause coolant leaks as well. Even with modern cars using aluminum, pinhole leaks and corrosion can still cause issues.

Radiator leaks are serious and should be repaired as quickly as possible by a trusted mechanic. Taking care of this issue now can save you money and a large headache, in the long run. So, bring your vehicle to Ferber’s Tire and Auto where you can get an inspection today!

Written by Ferber's Automotive & Body Shop