The Car Geek: Radiator Repair and Maintenance Tips

The Car Geek

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Radiator Repair and Maintenance Tips

The combustion process that happens on your car's engine could also mean production of extreme heat that can speed up the wear and tear of your power train especially if the radiator and cooling system do not carry out their duties efficiently. Damaged radiator and cooling system must be replaced with a new component which can be bought directly from trusted online auto parts stores like Auto Parts Inner but you could do away from costly replacements if you know the basics and the right know-how's of repair and maintenance. Here are some tips and info that can help.
              • Check for breaks and corrosion in the radiator cores together with cracks and rusts on the hoses and clamps. Leak stains underneath the car could mean serious problems, so this time replacement is the best choice. In some cases, using a commercial radiator sealant can correct the problem.
              • Overheating can be solved by cooling down the car to fill in the radiator with new antifreeze or water. Be sure to put the cap in place and keep it tightly sealed.
              • You can also use any of the following services to ensure optimum performance of your radiator:

              Flushing - It is done by removing the radiator from the car to be cleaned with a powerful spray gun. After which it will be inspected to know the points that need repair.

              Cleaning - This service is done before flushing which is done by soaking the radiator in a special type of industrial strength cleaner.

              Replacement - As the word implies, it means taking out the existing factory radiator to be replaced with a new one. Be careful in the removal process or else you may end up damaging other components like the tank and gaskets.