The radiator on your vehicle plays a major role in how well it functions. As the weather grows warmer in Sacramento, many drivers become concerned with the health of their radiator as rising temperatures can cause this vital part to fail. This concern can cause drivers to seek out information. Unfortunately, among the wealth of information available, there’s always a bit of bad mixed in with the good. Here, we will discuss some common myths about radiators so you can separate fact from fiction.
Myth #1 Insects Can Seriously Damage Your Radiator
There’s a common belief that insects hold the potential to ruin your radiator. While this could be true in some cases, it would have to be an extreme case of hundreds of insects hitting your vehicles at a high speed. In a more realistic scenario, your vehicle may gradually collect insect remains over time, but even in that case the cooling coils would dehydrate any sign of insect life. If you’re really concerned about the effects of insects, simply keep your vehicle clean.
Myth #2: Slow Down Your Vehicle When Your Radiator Overheats
It seems like common sense to slow down as your vehicle begins to overheat. After all, you wouldn’t want to push it any harder, right? Unfortunately, this is the opposite of what you want to do. In order for coolant and air to flow across your radiator, your car needs to continue running. In fact, increasing your vehicle’s speed can even accentuate the amount of coolant flow, allowing your vehicle to slow down faster. You can also turn on your heater to help cool down your vehicle. The heater will remove the heat from the exterior of your vehicle and pull it inside.
Myth #3: It Doesn’t Matter What Kind of Anti-Freeze You Use
If you’re on an extremely tight budget, any kind of anti-freeze is better than no anti-freeze at all. However, if you’re driving a luxury vehicle, the wrong kind of anti-freeze could potentially damage it. To play it safe, always check your vehicle’s owner manual to confirm the type of oil and anti–freeze recommended.
Myth #4: A Little Leak Isn’t an Issue
If you’ve been overlooking that little patch of glycol on the garage floor, you may want to start giving it a bit more attention. Glycol is a poisonous chemical and can easily cause serious damage to locals in the area, especially dogs and small children. In addition to the health risks, this slow leak will eventually grow to be a full on cooling system failure. If you notice a leak, get it checked out as soon as possible.
At Standard Auto, you can rest assured that you’ll only receive the facts when you bring your vehicle in for Radiator repair Sacramento, CA. Our team offers full transparency and first class customer service to help you get through a stressful time. To have your radiator inspected today, give us a call at 916-924-8040 or visit us in person at 2240 Colfax St, Sacramento, CA 95815.