What Is a Radiator and What Does It Do?

The functionality of your vehicle’s cooling system is vital in protecting the engine. If any of its parts malfunction, it can cause your engine to overheat and suffer from irreversible damage. One major component of the cooling system is the radiator. 

What Is a Radiator?

A radiator is a component near the engine, and it serves to eliminate engine heat by allowing coolant to pass through its metal fins. This process allows the excess heat to flow out more efficiently. Radiators come in many different shapes, sizes, and designs, but their primary function is the same throughout all vehicles.

Why Are Radiators Important?

Radiators are essential because it is the main way your engine vents out excess heat during operation. A bad or leaky radiator may cause significant engine damage and cause an inconvenient breakdown. The most common cause of a faulty radiator is physical damage from wear and tear, oxidation, or excessive pressure. 

How to Protect Radiator and Cooling System

Engine overheating can also happen if the radiator's coolant level is low or leaking. To prevent your engine from running too hot, you will need to take care of your car’s cooling system. You should flush the coolant fluid in your vehicle as the manufacturer recommends. Furthermore, you should top it off if you notice fluid levels dropping. Last but not least, you should bring your vehicle to a professional auto repair shop for regular inspections of the entire cooling system.

If you are looking for radiator repairs, we welcome you to bring your vehicle to D. Wells Automotive Service today.

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