Car parts are affected by temperature extremes; the radiator is no exception. You should ask yourself if this vital car component is in tiptop shape. Chances are that you never considered this question. This is all the more reason winter radiator maintenance matters so much.
Why Winter Radiator Maintenance Matters
Some people believe that the engine cannot overheat during the winter. While overheating is certainly a more pressing concern in summer, it can also happen in frigid weather. This is especially the case if the engine cannot remove excess waste heat generated during the combustion process.
The radiator has the all-important role of waste heat removal. Unfortunately, this part is also prone to damage. In fact, winter engine overheating is usually a sign that something is wrong with the radiator.
How Cold Weather Affects the Radiator
Cold weather can cause the coolant to freeze inside the radiator. This puts a huge strain on the radiator casing and might cause a crack that can lead to a leak. The fluid might also freeze in transit in the hoses, causing a rupture. The resulting leak might reach and contaminate the transmission fluid. In turn, this could damage the transmission, leading to a costly transmission rebuild.
Signs of Winter Radiator Damage
If you hear a continuous squeal when you turn on the engine, then you might have a frozen pump and/or cylinder block. Other signs are illumination of the check engine light and smoke coming out the hood. The latter might be a sign that the coolant isn’t circulating, probably due to the liquid’s freezing.
We Inspect Radiators on all Models
The radiator is important no matter the time of year. However, some people tend to overlook it during winter, believing that their car cannot possibly overheat in the cold. It can! To prevent this, bring your car to Chuck’s Auto Repair for winter radiator maintenance.
Radiator Inspection and Repair
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