Tips For Protecting Your Radiator From Punctures

16 December 2015
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A leaking radiator is a serious problem since it can lead to engine overheating. Prevent that by ensuring that your radiator isn't leaking at any time. Here are four measures to help you prevent radiator punctures: 

Be Wary of Rough Roads

Avoid taking shortcuts that involve driving on rough roads. Unpaved roads or roads paved roads with lots of potholes tend to have rocks or gravel on their surfaces. Such debris may hit your radiator and cause punctures. If you can't avoid driving over such roads, take it slow so that any particle flying off the road does so at a slow speed that cannot cause a puncture.

Use a Radiator Protector

Another good alternative is to install a contraption that protects your radiator from flying debris. For example, you can install a wire mesh over the front grill; choose the size of the holes based on the size of the debris you wish to keep away. There are also custom-made radiator protectors you can purchase if you are concerned about the aesthetics of having a conventional mesh on your car. Professional mounting of these protectors is necessary if you don't want them rattling and making noise while the car is on the move.

Ensure the Radiator Is Properly Mounted

The radiator should be firmly mounted at all times. A loose radiator may rub against or hit other parts of the car, which may also cause punctures. In fact, if you look at your radiator carefully, you will notice rubber insulators that keep it from experiencing hard shocks of the road. Don't ignore a loose radiator; otherwise, you will be repairing a puncture soon too.

Prevent Radiator Rust

Not all radiator punctures originate from physical shocks. Accumulated rust may also weaken the radiator enough to cause cracks; the risk of this happening is high in old cars or old radiators. Prevent rust in the radiator by flushing the coolant regularly and using the right mixture of coolant and water. A ratio of water and antifreeze in the ratio of 50/50 is normal, but you should let your owner's manual have the last word on this.

If a puncture does occur, fix it as soon as possible to prevent coolant leak and eventual overheating. Use a radiator sealant to seal a puncture that appears without warning (it's good to have one in the trunk at all times). However, don't forget that this is just a temporary fix until you can get to a mechanic like Transmissions Northwest for a professional and permanent solution.