Radiator and Transmission Maintenance

Radiator Troubleshooting: How to Tell What's Wrong


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By undertaking some radiator troubleshooting, you can do the repair work yourself rather than seeking the assistance of a professional. Being aware of the types of problems that can arise will make them easier to diagnose and repair.  

1. Overheating

The process of radiator troubleshooting will often begin as a result of the car overheating, which can be caused by an incorrect level of coolant. Check the vehicle's manual to determine the amount of coolant that should be used. If you look in the tank and cannot see the coolant, you will know that the level is too low. Similarly, if the coolant has become contaminated, you will find that it is not capable of doing its job properly.          

2. Leaks

In radiator troubleshooting, you will find that radiator leaks can be the source of problems. If the level of coolant reduces quickly and you discover deposits of liquid on the ground beneath the car, the radiator is probably leaking.  

3. Defects

There are a range of defects that can affect a radiator, which can result in problems for the vehicle. If the thermostat of the radiator is defective, the radiator will be incapable of properly regulating the heat of the vehicle. This is relatively easy to rectify, while other problems may require a radiator service. If you've checked for all possible defects, such as a loose cap, leaks and level, and you cannot determine the problem, it is prudent to take the vehicle in for repair.

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