Does Your Ford Need a Radiator Repair?

March 12th, 2022 by

If gas is the sustenance of a vehicle, then coolant is the blood. Constantly circulating throughout your engine, coolant is needed to keep your vehicle running safely, but a clogged or leaking radiator can put that in jeopardy. If you’re seeing any of the six signs below, it’s probably time to bring your vehicle to your local Ford dealer in Belleville, MI for radiator repair.

Engine Overheating

If your radiator isn’t doing its job, then it isn’t cooling the engine. Look out for a high reading on your temperature gauge, smoke coming from the hood, a thumping noise, or the smell of burning oil. An overheating engine is a significant indicator that your cooling system isn’t operating correctly, and could mean your radiator is damaged.

Passenger Heating

Ironically, while the engine may be overheating, you could be freezing. Coolant is pumped through the engine, collecting heat, and then dispersing warmth through the core and into your cab. If you’re unable to feel heat coming from the vents, then your radiator may be leaking or clogged.

Low Coolant

If your car is overheating, the next thing you’ll probably do is check your coolant. Wait until the engine is cool, and open your radiator cap to check the fluid levels. You should never lose coolant, so if you notice that coolant levels are low, you may have a leak in the radiator. If you’ve had to refill the radiator on multiple occasions, it’s time to bring the vehicle to a mechanic for diagnosis.

Leaking Coolant

An easy way to see if you’re having issues with your radiator, or coolant system, is to check for leaks beneath your vehicle. After your vehicle has sat for a few hours, look for signs of coolant beneath the engine. If you see any, your radiator or coolant lines are likely leaking.

Clogged or Damaged Exterior Fins

The radiator cools the engine while we’re driving by taking in air through a series of small tubes known as fins. If these fins become obstructed by debris, such as insects, leaves, and dirt, the radiator may be unable to get enough air to cool the engine. The fins can also be damaged by debris, or during installation, clogging the flow of coolant.

Radiator Sludge

Sometimes an old or damaged radiator will start to accumulate sludge. Radiators can begin to rust, and the rust breaks off as coolant circulates through the engine, causing a build-up of what looks like mud. This substance can clog the radiator, preventing the engine from cooling and causing severe damage to other parts of the vehicle.

A failing radiator can cause other parts of the cooling system to fail, such as the water pump or heater core, as well as causing damage to the engine from the expansion of metal while overheating. If your vehicle grows too hot, it could mean replacing your entire engine. If you suspect your radiator may be damaged, it might be time to schedule an appointment with Atchinson’s Ford Quick Lane®.