Whistle Crowd: A Whistler traveled from Lagos to Delta by road and complained that the temperature indicator on his dashboard began to rise, signaling that it would overheat.
He pulled over to pour water into his radiator but the water spiked upward in a bubble before it began to flow from beneath the car. The radiator would not retain the water.
The rest of the journey involved him parking his car intermittently to pour water into his radiator, slowing down the pace of his travel.
When he got to his destination, he hired a mechanic. The mechanic told him that his radiator split open and cannot retain water.
Car owners often think that the only maintenance that their radiator requires is intermittent water top-up. This is true but it goes beyond that.
The radiator of a car is part of its cooling system. It regulates the temperature of the car’s engine and prevents it from overheating.
When a car’s radiator becomes faulty, overheating and overall engine failure are likely to occur at unexpected times.
What should car owners do to retain their radiator’s health?
- There should always be water in the radiator.
- Seal your car’s radiator cap tightly all the time. If you don’t seal your radiator’s cap properly, the right amount of pressure will not be applied to the coolant chamber.
- Have your mechanic flush your radiator once or twice yearly. Doing this removes particle buildup and prevents clogs or tears. You might need to flush your car’s radiator more frequently depending on your car type. Do this on the recommendation of your mechanic.
- If you use a coolant for your radiator, use one that is specifically for your car’s model of car. Avoid mixing different coolants.
- Check your radiator frequently for leaks and tears. Ensure that your gasket is not burnt.