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Your radiator is one of the underrated players in keeping your vehicle healthy and running. It helps to know the role that your radiator plays because it shows you how important maintaining it truly is.
When your vehicle is on with the engine running, you’ll notice that the hood gets hot to the touch quickly. The radiator’s job is to ensure that the engine doesn’t get too hot and cause any severe damage.
Your radiator helps regulate the heat created by your engine. It does this with the help of coolant, which circulates through the engine to keep temperatures in check. As the coolant works its way through the engine, it absorbs the heat and carries it back to the radiator via hoses.
Once the coolant reaches the radiator, it’s cooled using air that flows into your vehicle through the grille. The coolant is then pumped back into the engine to do its job once again.
As you might guess, radiator failure will result in your engine overheating. This can be caused by the radiator becoming clogged with deposits or getting a hole in it.
Operating your vehicle when it’s overheating can have catastrophic results. You may end up needing to make expensive repairs or, in some cases, replace the entire engine. This means that the time and cost of maintaining your radiator are well worth undertaking.
One of the simplest things you can do is make sure that your car has enough coolant. If your levels are low, and there is not a leak in your cooling system, add water to refill the reservoir. Do not open your radiator valve cap if the engine is still hot — steam and spatter can cause severe burns.
You should also consider having your coolant flushed on a regular basis. Check your owner’s manual for guidance as to how often your vehicle needs a coolant flush. This process helps reduce deposit buildups in the radiator, which can block the flow of coolant and cause major issues like rust and corrosion.
If you don’t know whether you could use a coolant flush for your vehicle, visit your nearest Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM. You can get a free consultation from our certified technicians. If you need a coolant flush, our experts can perform the work in just 20 minutes and on average, you'll save up to 30% - 50% on non-oil change services over the dealer.*
*Based on a 2021 survey of Dodge, Ford, GM, GMC, Honda, Kia, Mercedes and Toyota dealership national average pricing. Average savings on air conditioning recharge, automatic transmission fluid exchange, battery replacement, cabin air filter, differential, fuel system cleaning services, radiator fluid exchange and serpentine belt ranges from 30% to 50%. Excludes special offers and discounts.
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