Investing in a brand new car like the 2016 Buick Lacrosse is exciting. After all, it's hard to resist such a well-rounded sedan that offers luxury and finesse in all areas. Buying a new car is a good way to avoid having to shell out cash for quick repairs. However, the longer you own your vehicle, the more likely it is going to require repairs. One of the most common causes of car breakdowns is problems with the radiator. To learn more about your radiator and troubles to watch out for, continue reading.
The Role of the Radiator. A radiator is a type of heat exchanger that is designed to transfer heat away from the engine in order to keep it cool. When an engine is running, its pistons move up and down creating heat and friction. In order to keep them cool, water must flow through the canals in the engine block, through the radiator and back again. A radiator that is not functioning properly will not be able to cool the engine, and in turn, the engine will overheat.
Radiator Problems. The radiator can suffer from a number of problems that cause it not to work as it should. Here's a look at some of them.
Low Coolant Level. One of the main reasons vehicles overheat is due to a low coolant level in the radiator. Coolant is a fluid mixture made up of antifreeze (ethylene glycol) and water that is pumped around the engine and kept cool with the help of the radiator. Coolant keeps water in the radiator from freezing in cold temperatures, as well as from boiling over in warmer climates so your engine always stays at optimal running temperature. If your vehicle is low on coolant, it could be due to a number of reasons – one being a leak in the head gasket. If your car ever overheats, the first thing you should check is the coolant level because it is most likely the culprit.
Clogged Radiator. Another problem your radiator may experience is a clog due to dirty, debris and dead bugs. If a radiator experiences a clog, it is unable to receive the necessary airflow it needs to run. As a result, it becomes too hot and overheats. Clogs can be visible or internal, so if you can't clearly see a clog, take your car in for an inspection.
Radiator Cap. A malfunctioning radiator cap is another common reason for an overheating radiator. A radiator cap typically malfunctions if it is not screwed on correctly. When the radiator cap is not screwed on as it should be, two things can happen. The first is that coolant will begin to leak. The second is that water pressure will be compromised.
Thermostat. One of the key components of the radiator is the thermostat. The thermostat is a valve that allows hot water to leave the engine when it gets too hot in order to return to the radiator to be cooled. Sometimes, the thermostat can be stuck closed, which prohibits the hot water from escaping. This result of this is overheating.
To learn more about the 2016 Buick Lacrosse and for all radiator problems, we can help. Visit our dealership in Emmaus, PA.
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