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Top Signs That It Is Time For A New Car Radiator

Eric Flores - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Over time, car radiators age. As they age, a variety of issues can arise signaling to the car owner that it is time to replace the radiator. Radiators can sustain damage that is irreparable, and this will also result in the need to replace the radiator. It can be necessary to replace the radiator in order to prevent multiple future breakdowns.


Old radiators can develop cracks and pin holes.


Radiators are made of metal. Almost all metal ages and weakens due to oxidation. As the metal in your radiator weakens, it becomes susceptible to decay and failure. The constant heating up and cooling down of the radiator causes the same stress on the metal as bending a piece of wire back and forth in the same area on the wire. It will eventually break. In the care of your care radiator, the break is a crack along a tube that drains the coolant from the top to the bottom of the radiator. Under pressure a great deal of coolant can be lost very quickly.


Pin holes are created by oxidation of the metal in the radiator.


Everyone is familiar with rust that forms on unprotected iron. This is oxidation. Oxidation is a corrosion that erodes the amount of metal available. As time passes, more and more of the metal oxidizes until small openings or pin holes start to appear. The high pressure inside the hot cooling system of the car will spray coolant though these tiny pores as you drive. Stop leak and other home remedies can slow the leaks for a while. The only real permanent fix is to replace the radiator. 

 

A badly clogged radiator can need replacement. 

 

Radiators can get clogged or blocked in two or three ways. Debris from inside hoses or the water pump can break loose and lodge in the radiator core. The accumulation of this material over a few years will reduce the cooling efficiency of the car radiator. Likewise, small amounts of oxidation residue can join the party and increase the chances of the car overheating. If stop leak is added to this mix, flushing the radiator and cooling system will probably not product effective results. A radiator replace is the only sure option.

 

Damage to the front end of a vehicle often results in radiator problems.

 

If a collision of any type creates significant movement of the car's front end materials, the radiator will be affected. Older radiators can even be damaged by the jolt of the impact. In older cars, the radiator may be forced backward onto the metal blades of the cooling fan. This can create immediate and extensive radiator damage. In newer cars, the radiator is cooled by an electric fan that will have little effect on the metal car radiator. However, pieces of the material from the front of the car can still impact the radiator core. The crash can bend or crack the unit. Any of these types of issues can be enough to force the need for a radiator replacement.

Auto Coolant Servicing Five Important Factors You Must Know

Eric Flores - Saturday, January 10, 2015

Until things go wrong, we do not realize the importance of our vehicle’s coolant system. Auto coolant has a very important role in keeping your engine running without damages. Most of us ignore the need for regular auto coolant service. If this sounds like one of your follies then here are some important factors that you must know about auto coolant service so that you can respond in a timely fashion whenever there should be issues with your car’s cooling system.


1. Auto coolant protects your engine from overheating. It might be a very simple mechanism but without a fully functional cooling system, serious damages could be caused to your car’s engine. Sometimes the hoses that carry the coolant to the engine under high temperatures may have been damaged or worn. Without coolant, the engine may seize under high temperatures. Around the car’s engine, other car parts are closely packed, so when the engine’s temperature increases, other components around the engine including electrical wiring, fuel pump and other sensors could be damaged. Therefore, the first thing you should do is to take your vehicle to a repair shop for auto coolant service.

 

2. One of the problems why most car owners fail to take their vehicle for auto coolant service regularly is that they are not sure how frequently their vehicle’s cooling system requires attention. This however depends on the nature of the coolant used by your car manufacturer. There are different types of coolants in the market; if your car manufacturer has used long-life coolants then you may not require frequent auto coolant service. However, if what you have is not long-life coolant, then you may have to go in for regular servicing and checkup once every 10,000 to 12,000 miles.

 

3. When you take your vehicle for coolant top up or cooling system checkup, make sure to do an overall checkup of your vehicle. A full work up can catch any other problems that are likely to happen and prevent damages to your vehicle. With everything working properly, the vehicles coolant system can optimally operate.

 

4. Always take your vehicle to a trusted and experienced repair shop so that you receive reliable auto coolant service. At times, there could be other minor problems resulting in your car’s over heating issues. This can be identified only by an experienced technician. Your vehicle’s overheating problems will not be fully resolved even after coolant top up or after coolant service until the other factors contributing to your vehicle’s over heating issues are addressed.

 

5. Most importantly, as soon as you notice that your vehicle is overheating try to stop your car in a safe place and get help. Do not ignore the issue and continue to drive thinking that you could make it to your destination. This could prove to further damage your vehicle that may lead to time consuming and expensive repairs.

DIY: How to Replace a Car Radiator

Eric Flores - Monday, October 20, 2014

With this blog post, I am NOT personally advocating that you should go out and replace your car’s radiator. I personally would take my car into the professionals at J-Mac Car Care, but for all you DIY-ers out there here’s how to do it yourself!

Step 1: Gather your tools! You will need a 3/8″ drive ratchet and socket set, Phillips and flat screw drivers, a good pair of pliers, end wrenches, and a pair of gloves. J-Mac Car Care professionals recommend having both the SAE and metric sizes on the sockets and screwdrivers in different lengths.

 

Step 2: Survey around your radiator. You need to note what’s around your radiator. Knowing what’s around it and what will be disturbed will be critical for knowing how to put it back together after you take it apart. It’s also important to make sure you have the correct tools for the job. J-Mac’s experts recommend making notes on where everything goes to make sure it goes back in the right place.

 

Step 3: Remove the parts around the top part of the radiator. Make sure you keep track of all your hardware! This includes all the nuts, bolts, clamps, braces and supports.

 

Step 4: Unplug the cooling fan(s) and remove them. Some cars have one electric cooling fan while others have two. Whether your car has one or two, both will need to be removed before replacing the radiator. First, unplug the fan(s). Then, unscrew them from the radiator frame. Last, carefully lift the fan(s) from the mount(s) and set the fan(s) aside, keeping track of the corresponding hardware.

 

Step 5: Drain the radiator. To drain your radiator, place a catch-pan underneath the radiator. Take off the radiator cap and unscrew the valve to the drain. You can expect two or more gallons of coolant. Please make sure you dispose of the coolant safely. It’s toxic to animals, so save a little furry creature’s life!

 

Step 6: Disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses. Unless you’re replacing the radiator hoses as well, you should only have to disconnect the end of the hoses that attach to the radiator. Make sure to leave the clamps on the hoses for your convince. Catch any excess coolant left in the hoses in a small bucket. Remember, save a furry life!

 

Step 7: If your car has an automatic transmission, disconnect the cooling lines. Located along the lower part of the radiator back, disconnect using an open-end wrench to loosen the couplings. Make sure to catch any transmission fluid that runs out of the lines.

 

Step 8: Remove any screws holding the radiator in place. Most of the screws or bolts will be found near the top or sides of the radiator. Also check the bottom of the radiator; sometimes there will be fasteners at the bottom. There are also tabs and pegs at the bottom.

 

Step 9: Remove the radiator. Once you have removed all the fasteners, hoses, and cables, then you can lift the radiator out. If you can’t are having any difficulty lifting the radiator, don’t force it – stop and look for any additional parts or screws that may still be attached.

 

Step 10: Compare your new radiator to your old one. This seems like common sense, but really, if more people remembered step 10, less people would have problems! Match the size, tab locations, ports, and screw holes are all located in the same places. If not, don’t try to install that radiator. Get a new one.

 

Step 11: Install your new radiator. If everything checks out with your new radiator, put it right into place. Make sure to reconnect everything back to your radiator, including hoses, lines, clamps, braces and supports.

 

Step 12: Refill your coolant. Check for leaks by starting your car. Make sure you warm the engine and check your transmission fluid before hitting the streets and showing off your hard work!

 

Again, this job isn’t for the faint of heart, but it can be done. If you’re feeling up to the task, give it a whirl, but for all of you other folks, bring in your car to the professionals at J-Mac Radiator. They’ll take care of you and your car!


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