Preventing Overheat: Your Radiator and Your Car

Auto mechanic repairing a vehicle inside his workshopOne of the most common car problems people encounter is the car radiator. It is the one responsible for the cooling system of the car. It is one of the most common reasons in car breakdowns. Here are some of the things that you should remember to avoid further problems and to assure that your vehicle will work well.

Pump and engine materials

One of the differences between old cars and new cars is the core materials. Old cars have aluminium or brass metals as the conductor core. Aluminium and brass conductors overheat quickly. New cars have alloys and plastics even as core materials. There are some car systems which use carbon steel pipe fittings and a carbon steel core material because it does not conduct heat as much as aluminium and brass do.

Check for the following causes of overheating:

Loose or broken radiator cap

It is one of the most ignored causes of radiator overheat. Remember that any pipe system with loose parts can cause leaking. In a car radiator’s case, the coolant, which is one of the most vital components of a cooling system, might leak when the radiator cap is loose and broken.

The car’s coolant level is too low

Coolants are a mixture of anti-freeze chemicals and water. Anti-freeze chemicals prevent water from either freezing up or boiling too much. If the coolant level is too low, it could also cause overheating.

The radiator is clogged

A car radiator can also catch small insects, dirt and oil. When the radiator is clogged, airflow will also be blocked, thus, resulting into overheating. The coolant and the air also could not pass through easily, so heat will build up.

Check the thermostat

Make sure that your thermostat is undamaged or shut close. This is an important part because it transfers back the hot water system back into the radiator for cooling. It might be the most common reasons in overheating, but it is also very easy to replace.

It’s vital to know the basics about your car’s engine. You don’t need to be an expert, but having the knowledge can help maintain your vehicle for a longer time.