Radiator maintenance is important so your car can function properly. The radiator’s job is to keep your engine from overheating, which can cause damage and result in expensive repairs. Caring for your car’s radiator can save you money, preserve the life of your car, and keep you mobile.
How does a radiator work?
The radiator works by cycling coolant through the engine block. The radiator cools the heated coolant as it passes through. It is then fed back into the engine. As this process of circulating the coolant is repeats, the engine picks up sediment. This can lead to clogs, but a good fix is a radiator flush. To keep your radiator healthy, change your antifreeze seasonally.
Each time you take your vehicle in for a tune-up, make sure the radiator cap is checked for proper sealing, along with signs of wear and tear. If there is any damage to the radiator cap, however small, have it changed. Even the smallest crack that allows moisture to escape from the radiator can cause overheating. This can also prevent the cooling fans from running without the necessary pressure.
Radiator and coolant system check-ups should happen at least once every two years for cars over five years old. Typically during these check-ups, tests check the thermostat, pressure on the system and the cap, and the fan. A system flush and coolant refill may also be involved.
How to keep your radiator in great shape
Keeping your coolant topped off will ensure that your radiator and cooling system continue to function properly. If the antifreeze is always low, that indicates that you may have a leak in the system. Watch the engine temperature for any unusual fluctuations. Take the time to look for any obvious signs of rust or cracks.
Trust the experts at Xpress Lube for regular radiator maintenance
Stop by Havoline Xpress Lube in Kernersville for your radiator maintenance needs. We also provide oil changes, air filter replacements, transmission services, and tire rotations. We are only a short drive from Greensboro, High Point, and Winston Salem. Call (336) 993-7697 or send us a message today for more information on the services we provide at our auto repair shop.