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What Is a Radiator and What Does It Do

Most people have never heard of the radiator in their vehicle's cooling system before, let alone its crucial role in keeping your engine cool and preventing it from overheating. Fortunately, Ming's Auto Repair is here to explain what a radiator is and exactly what it does.

What Is a Radiator?

A radiator is a heat exchanger located at the front of your car's engine compartment. It is typically made of aluminum and is designed to transfer heat from the engine coolant to the air that flows through it. The radiator is connected to the engine through a series of hoses.

What Does a Radiator Do?

The radiator's primary job is to remove heat from the engine coolant. As the engine runs, it generates a substantial amount of heat, and the coolant absorbs this heat. The coolant then flows through the engine and transfers the heat away from the engine block. As the coolant flows through the radiator, it releases the heat it has absorbed, dissipating it into the air.

Most Common Radiator Problems

Like any other car component, radiators can develop problems over time. Some of the most common radiator problems include:

  1. Leaks: Radiators can develop leaks due to corrosion, impact damage, or age.
  2. Clogs: Over time, debris and contaminants can build up inside the radiator and cause clogs, which can prevent the coolant from flowing properly.
  3. Malfunctioning fan: The radiator fan plays a crucial role in heat dissipation, and if it's not working correctly, it can lead to overheating.
  4. Rust: Over time, rust can develop on the inside of the radiator, which can cause blockages and leaks.

If you notice any of these problems with your radiator, it's essential to have it checked out by our auto service shop. Ignoring radiator problems can lead to engine damage and costly repairs.

The team at Ming's Auto Repair can help diagnose your cooling system and fix any radiator problem. Please give us a call or visit today to schedule an appointment.

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