Welcome to my blog. My name is Ken. One day, I was driving home from work when the engine in my car failed. While I waited for the recovery truck to arrive, I realised I didn’t have a clue what went on underneath the bonnet of my car. I signed up for an auto service course at my local community college, so I could gain the skills I needed to properly maintain my car and repair it if something when wrong while I was on the road. I wanted to start a blog to pass on these skills to other people so that they can look after their automobiles.
Modern car radiators aren't as susceptible to rusting as those in older models, but it can still happen. You might think a little rust can be ignored, but you're better off having the vehicle serviced as soon as possible.
Here are just four reasons why a rusty radiator demands professional attention.
1. Poor Structural Integrity
A little bit of rust might not seem like much to worry about, but rust spreads. When enough of it accumulates, it will start to eat into the radiator and create small holes. Given time, those holes will develop into larger ones. When your radiator has holes in it, you'll start suffering from problems associated with low coolant levels since coolant will begin seeping out. Even worse, rust tends to eat through radiators from the bottom up, which is an area you might not immediately notice and one where coolant will naturally collect.
2. Rusty Coolant
If your car's radiator is rusty on the outside, it might also be rusty on the inside. Even if things don't start off that way, rust can get in as coolant leaks out when those small holes mentioned above begin to develop. Rusty coolant is a serious issue since coolant gets circulated around other parts of the vehicle, potentially spreading the problem. Additionally, coolant that is fouled with particles of rust isn't going to do its job very well.
You should already know that one of the main responsibilities of your radiator is keeping the vehicle cool. When it performs its job properly, you'll be less likely to suffer issues with overheating. Unfortunately, a build-up of rust can cause the radiator itself to overheat. Rust across the radiator forms an additional outer layer, and that additional layer helps keep heat in. Heat will build up more easily, and you could start seeing overheating warnings flash up on your dash. That isn't just annoying – overheating can lead to serious internal problems.
4. Lowers Resale Value
Could be you have a vehicle with a little rust on the radiator, and it's still running fine. Okay, but you're still hugely lowering your resale value. Even the most uninformed buyer will understand that rust is a red flag, and buyers from dealerships will certainly know that that bit of red will bring down the price. If you want to retain value as well as maintain good running condition, rust on the radiator is a no-no.
For more information, contact your local car radiator repair service today.Share
20 January 2019