Chevrolet Radiator Service

Chevrolet Radiator Service

Chevrolet Radiator

Your radiator is an essential part of your Chevrolet. It works hard to keep your engine cool so your car can run as smoothly as possible. Regular radiator maintenance can ensure your car does not overheat in a variety of driving conditions. Keep reading to learn about what the radiator does and how you can maintain it.

What is a radiator?

Your car’s radiator may seem like a mystery, but it is actually a part of your engine cooling system. Your engine creates a lot of friction as it burns fuel. This process gives your car the energy it needs to start and operate efficiently. However, fuel generates a lot of heat as it burns, and that heat must be diverted.

This is where your radiator comes in as part of a bigger cooling system. You probably already know that your exhaust helps heat escape and oil lubricates the different parts of your engine, but your radiator plays a big part in cooling your engine as well. Your engine contains a thermostat that detects if your engine reaches a temperatures that is too high. The radiator contains water and coolant that it can release as necessary.

The liquid from the radiator is able to pick up heat from the engine and send it back to the radiator where it is cooled. Throughout this process, your radiator is crucial to cooling your engine. Without a functioning radiator, you risk an engine shutdown.

Common radiator problems

We don’t think a lot about the radiator until things go wrong. When the radiator works well, there is no need to think about it. Unfortunately, it has the ability bring your car to a stop when it fails. When your car runs at an extremely high temperature, your engine can overheat and your entire car can fail.

There are some warning signs and common problems associated with radiators. These could be an indication that it is time to get your car serviced before the radiator becomes a bigger issue.

  • Leaky hoses are one of the most common problems for radiators. Pressure can build up from coolant running to and from the engine. Over time, that pressure can cause a hose to crack or loosen and coolant will escape. Green liquid near your car is usually a sign of a leaky hose.
  • Rust on your radiator occurs when air, metal, and liquid all combine. If you think your car is running too hot, you should look at your radiator for rust. Also, coolant can turn brownish if your radiator is rusted.
  • If your car overheats when it is idle, your radiator fan may be faulty. This part helps keep the radiator cool by drawing in air. When it breaks, your radiator and engine is likely to overheat.

How do you take care of your Chevrolet radiator?

Regular radiator checks should be part of your car maintenance routine. The qualified mechanics at J&T Automotive can ensure your Chevy radiator is running smoothly. They will check the coolant and radiator fluid levels to ensure it has the right water mix. They also check that the radiator cap is on tight to keep fluid from leaking, and they clean out and flush your radiator to avoid debris buildup.