The radiator is the central component of your vehicle's cooling system. It is a very important part of your automobile, which means it needs to be taken care of as part of regular preventative maintenance. When damage occurs to your radiator, you will want to get it repaired as soon as possible. If not, it could lead to much more significant (and costly) engine problems.
What Your Radiator Does
In simple terms, the radiator and cooling system are what keep your vehicle running at proper temperatures. Radiator coolant (otherwise known as radiator fluid or antifreeze) is cycled through the engine and back through the radiator. This process ensures that the engine isn't running too hot. If your engine does overheat, it could be a fault within the radiator or another cooling system component that you will want to have inspected and fixed.
The radiator and fluid also serve the opposite purpose, especially when you live in a place like Buffalo that has really cold winters. There's a reason they call it "antifreeze," and that's because it helps keep engine components from seizing up. Basically, the coolant increases the boiling point of the engine while also decreasing the freezing point. That way, your engine runs better no matter what the external conditions are. It can also help prevent corrosion in the engine.
You can check the coolant levels and fluid quality yourself. Be careful when opening the radiator cap if the car is still hot or the engine is running. The cap itself can get very hot, so use a rag. Also, a lot of pressure can be built up inside, so it can release violently when opened. This is especially true if the car is already starting to overheat and steam is building up in the radiator.
If the fluid level is low, make sure there are no noticeable leaks of the bright yellow/green coolant fluid. You can refill the reservoir yourself. You typically want a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. Some store-bought radiator fluids will already have the proper mix while others you have to add the water yourself. Just read the label before putting any new fluid in.
Professional Radiator Repairs and Service
If the fluid level is really low, a leak is detected or the coolant has a burnt smell or appearance, then you will want to have your radiator and cooling system looked at by a professional like the expert auto repair technicians of Schultz Auto and Truck Repair in Hamburg. We can handle all radiator and cooling system repairs and maintenance, so you won't have to worry about your car overheating or seizing up when it's too cold outside. We'll keep your vehicle running smoothly with the engine at ideal temperatures.
If you are experiencing radiator problems or just want your cooling system inspected, bring it into Schultz Auto and Truck Repair. Most of our radiator repairs and parts replacements are backed nationwide by the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty (24 months, 24,000 miles). Call our shop today at (716) 422-4008 or schedule your service appointment online.