If you can imagine the inside of your engine, inside the cylinder specifically what you have is a piston that is compressing a mixture of fuel and air. This pressurised mixture is then ignited via a spark sent from the spark plug resulting in combustion that drives the piston back down. Now this combustion that takes place is essentially mini explosions taking place, this naturally creates an incredible amount of heat. This heat travels throughout the engine, and can be detrimental if not controlled. To control this heat your vehicle is equipped with a cooling system.
What Is A Radiator?
A radiator is a component in your vehicle's cooling system that generally sits at the front of the engine just behind the front bumper in conventional applications. The radiators main job is to exchange heat. Naturally, the engine of your vehicle gets extremely hot. To cool the engine and keep it within the safe parameters of operation a cooling system has been designed for it. Inside the engine are channels in which coolant is circulated. Once the coolant reaches the radiator heat from the coolant is exchange with the air that is forced through the radiator through the use of a radiator fan.
Can I Drive My Car With A Broken Radiator?
If you suspect that your radiator is broken or have indeed identified that your radiator is broken it is by no means advisable to drive your vehicle with this problem prevalent. Because your engine is a liquid-cooled application it is specifically designed to operate whilst having the operating temperature regulated by the circulation of coolant throughout the bespoke coolant channels in the structure of the engine. If you have a faulty radiator that is not doing its job of exchanging the heat between the coolant and ambient air your engine is not being cooled sufficiently and can lead to serious damage.
What Are Signs Of A Faulty Radiator?
There are many signs that one can look out for when a faulty radiator is the topic of discussion. Pay close attention to your heat gauges inside the cabin of your vehicle. The gauges are there for a reason they can be one of your first indicators that something has gone wrong. When you park your car have a look at the area where your radiator is situated if the coolant is leaking out, further inspection of your vehicle needs to be done. It is best to have us take a look at your vehicle to prevent the vehicle from any further damage.
Replacing My Radiator
After we have conducted multiple tests on your vehicle we can be sure of the plan of action to follow. We know the cost of repairs can be rather costly, so although we work to professional standards we will always explore options that are the most cost-effective for you. If your radiator is beyond the point of repair we will take the next step in replacing the unit. Many vehicle owners are reluctant to spend that few extra dollars on their vehicles but if you are looking to secure the longevity of your vehicle it is a necessary step to take.