A radiator in your car is used to cool down the system while transferring the heat to the coolant which flows through the radiator and gets blown out by a fan. The modern vehicles use aluminium radiators which are made with thin aluminium fins attached to flattened aluminium tubes. The tubes run coolants through it to transfer the heat from the engine to outside. Many people have the misconception that coolants do not require maintenance, and hence later face several issues with the engine performance. Here are the things that you need to know about your car radiator to take better maintenance measures.
The purpose of the radiator
The sole purpose of the radiator is the transfer the heat from the inside of the engine to the outside. The engine uses combustion to run the motor, which produces a large amount of heat. The cooling system contains either a cooling liquid or oil which absorbs the heat and transfer it outside. The cooling liquid inside the system picks up the surplus heat produced by the motor and takes it outside the car through ventilation. You can also find air-cooled radiators which aren’t as effective as the liquid and oil-cooled radiators but also require less maintenance.
Coolant and Anti-freeze are different
A liquid coolant is a combination of anti-freeze and water, whereas Antifreeze is susceptible to freezing even at lower temperatures. It can help in keeping the coolant and water from freezing while driving through low temperatures which can damage the pipes and cause the car to shut down. It is very necessary to purchase the right coolant with quality antifreeze for your engine.
Coolant leaks need an immediate fix
Many drivers unsee the leaks in their radiators due to the fear of over-expensive repairs. They tend to believe that adding more coolant can do the job to compensate on the leak. But leakage can be a serious problem which can cause two major problems. Leakage from the pipes can make the engine corrode which cannot be repaired. Another problem that a coolant leakage can cause is to the environment.
Coolant is necessary for a cooling system
A cooling system cannot function without a coolant unless it is an air-cooled radiator. Coolant is the main component for the engine which absorbs and carries the heat away from the engine. It also protects the engine parts from rusting by absorbing all the moisture. If the coolant is leaking from the system, it will malfunction beyond repair.
The cooling system needs regular check
The cooling system needs regular checks and full service after every 30,000-60,000 miles. You coolant needs to be checked with every oil change. The technician can help in making sure that the system does not have any leaks and also check the levels of the coolant.