Every car has a radiator in it. This helps to keep the engine cool and is a vital part of the cooling system of your car. When the engine is turned on and running, a huge amount of heat is generated. While most of this escapes through the exhaust, some of it will sit in the engine area – and too much of this will cause serious damage.
Which is why there’s a radiator in the car. It works to make sure the right temperature for the engine is maintained – but if a car radiator springs a leak, it can start to lose coolant which will see the engine overheat. And, as established, overheating can cause real engine damage or see the engine fail completely… which nobody wants.
Carrying out regular maintenance checks on your car is the best way of identifying problems early on. If you’re worried that your radiator is leaking (which is a pretty common problem), keep an eye on your driveway or the floor of your garage. Leaking fluid is usually a bit sticky and it can be orange or green in colour. If it’s coolant, there may well be a sweet smell accompanying the puddle on your driveway floor.
If you’re feeling confident, wash the engine bay yourself and see if there are any leaks, whether it’s the thermostat housing or a water pump. If the engine is warm, a leaking radiator may produce steam, which is another good clue. Keep an eye on the coolant reservoir level as well, as a drop in this can be a sign that the radiator is leaking.
But if you’re not particularly skilled at car maintenance, consider getting in touch with Uxbridge bodywork repairs company Courtwoods today. We’ll be able to lend a helping hand.