Your radiator is one of the most important parts of your vehicle, and something you should keep properly maintained. A NJ car dealership can service your radiator when needed. If your radiator is leaking, it most likely needs to be replaced, and Miller Buick GMC can replace the radiator with a quality radiator.
Radiator Care: Your radiator should always have antifreeze in it. The water pump cycles the water / antifreeze in the radiator through the engine to keep the engine cool. The water / antifreeze mixture passes through the radiator to cool. If the radiator is clogged, it can’t cool the water fast enough to keep the engine cool and the vehicle overheats.
Depending what type of antifreeze your vehicle uses, you may need to flush your radiator from every couple years to every five years. You should be replace the antifreeze every two to five years, depending on the type of antifreeze in the vehicle.
Problems: There are three things that can happen to a radiator. The radiator cap, which keeps the water in can fail. This could allow water to leak out, lowering the amount of water in the system. If there is not enough water, the radiator can’t cool it fast enough and the engine will overheat.
Radiator: Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons: Bill Wrigley: Public Domain
The radiator could develop a leak in the tanks, the core or where the tanks are attached to the core. Again, if there is not enough water in the radiator, it will not cool properly and the engine will overheat.
The radiator could become clogged with mineral deposits. When this happens, the area that is clogged does not cool the water / antifreeze mixture and the vehicle will overheat. If the radiator is clogged, the affected area is hotter than the rest of the radiator.
Warning Signs: You should check your fluids at least once every three months. If you plan on taking a long trip, you should check the fluids, even though you may have just checked them a week ago. When you check the radiator, make sure the engine is cold before opening the cap or the overflow bottle. If you constantly have to top off the radiator, you could have a leak in the radiator, in a water or heater hose, at the water pump, at the intake manifold or at the head gasket.
If the radiator is full, but the car seems to be running hot or even overheats, you could have a blocked radiator. Overheating is something you must catch before the radiator runs out of water. If you don’t notice it, the radiator could run out of water. Since there is nothing in it for the coolant temperature sender to measure, it will not show that the car is overheating, thus it is pertinent to always check and maintain your radiator.
Life Expectancy of a Radiator: There is really no life expectancy of a radiator. A well-cared for radiator that is well made with quality materials could last a couple hundred thousand miles, especially if the tanks are metal. If you have plastic tanks, which is more common, the life expectancy could be less, because plastic doesn’t last as long as metal — but should last at least well into the 100,000-mile range.
If you use straight water, the radiator is not going to last — the core will rust, and if you have metal tanks, the tanks could rust. Also, using straight water causes the engine to start rusting inside.