The car engine runs using energy that produces too much heat. The Volvo radiator keeps the engine safe against too much heat by regulating the temperature. If you have a faulty radiator, the car engine is put at a higher risk of getting worn out. More importantly, too much heat from the engine can also cause other parts to malfunction.
If you are having troubles with your Volvo radiator, here are some insights to help you decide whether you should have it repaired or buy a replacement radiator.
Rusty or Corroded Radiator
Developing rust and corrosion is natural especially because radiators contain parts that can rust and corrode with time. Specks of metal flakes are commonly seen on a rusting exterior of a radiator. Although exterior rusting may not be too much of a problem, it can begin to pose as a threat when it starts to creep up on the interiors. Once the core is affected, you should consider the problem as major and this will require a replacement of the entire radiator.
Leaks are common problems not only with a Volvo radiator. There are plenty of places where a leak can happen such as the radiator tubes, hoses, or at the core itself. Minor leaks can be simply repaired especially when they are on the tubes. Larger and multiple leaks, however, may not be given a temporary fix. Replacement may be the only option to avoid future leaks.
One of the consequences of a leaking radiator is a low or depleted coolant. The coolant is like a blood for the cooling system and having too low or none at all will make the radiator’s purpose futile. If there is a need to constantly refill your coolant, usually because of a leak, then it is really high time for the radiator to be replaced.
When the coolant cannot flow freely from the radiator to the engine, then an obstruction may be present in the system. The radiator may be clogged in two ways. The first one is because of a natural debris buildup on the radiator’s surface and the second is a build-up inside the hoses and tubes. Either way, the clog must be removed in order to have the radiator in a good running condition.
For the build-up that has caked on the radiator’s surface, simple spraying of water or using compressed air can clear the debris. Fixing clogged Volvo tubes, on the other hand, is slightly a complex process. They must be disassembled as the debris is difficult to remove. For both kinds of clogging, the radiator mostly needs a professional cleaning and does not need to be replaced.
As soon as you notice a failure in your Volvo radiator, you should have the vehicle diagnosed in order to know what needs to be done. Early intervention may stop any problem from progressing so you can avoid paying more for major repairs or a total replacement.