What Is a Car Radiator?

The car radiator enables the engine to maintain an appropriate temperature. It means that the engine cannot get too hot, but at the same time, it must have the necessary heat to convert gasoline into energy. The radiator helps transfer heat from the liquid coolant into the ambient air by way of its many thin tubes.

The radiator serves to cool the engine by circulating coolant to the engine and engine cylinder. Inside the car, there is a thermostat that regulates the flow between the engine and the radiator. If the coolant drops below the required temperature, the thermostat restricts the flow of coolant. When the engine warms up, fluid enters through the radiator and radiator hoses. The purpose is to prevent overheating. Then the radiator cap is designed to release pressure. Once the radiator is cool, the coolant returns to it. As a reminder to avoid burn accidents, people should avoid lifting the radiator cap of a car that has recently been running because it will be too hot to touch.

Overheating of the Radiator

You need to pay attention. Overheating usually occurs in hot climates, but it can happen at any time, so you must regularly check that there is no leak in the cooling system. Leaks cause overheating. When the radiator fails, it causes damage to the engine.

Prevention of Damage in the Radiator

To prevent damage to the thermostat and radiator cap, it is suggested that you change the radiator hoses every three years or every 50,000 miles. Also check the radiator coolant frequently and verify that it is at the optimum level. In that way, when you are driving, you won't get an overheated engine.

If you need radiator repair or maintenance, we invite you to bring your vehicle into Oceanworks Berkeley.


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