The radiator of your car, in general, is an integral part of your vehicle's cooling system. This has many different parts, all of which have a significant role to play in keeping up with this function. One such part is the radiator hose. This particular component is important when carrying the coolant so that it can go to the radiator. From the latter, the fluid will then be cooled before it goes back to the engine so that the vehicle will not overheat.
The Volvo radiator hose, takes a similar role as those as other radiator hoses from other vehicle models. There is the upper hose, which is connected from the radiator's upper part to that of the upper part of the engine, right at the thermostat hosing. The other hose that connects to the radiator is called the lower hose. As the name implies, this is connected from the radiator's bottom going to the engine's water pump. If you fear that any of these hose is failing, it will be good to watch out for the following symptoms:
Low Coolant Light Turns On
The "Low Coolant Light" indicates that you need to replenish the fluid in the engine. This is normal in regular car operations. There are instances, however, when the light turns on even after you have replenished the fluid. This can then indicate a leak on the radiator hose. The leak becomes visible when you park your vehicle as it can drip from where the leak is. This can be dangerous and cause serious damage to your car's engine.
Leaking Coolant Beneath the Vehicle
Is there a green fluid beneath your vehicle? This can be because your coolant is leaking. The fluid smells sweet, but can be dangerous. It can come from the radiator hose, drain cock, or at some instances from the radiator itself. The radiator hose will need replacement if this is the case.
Engines are paired with radiators so that they will not overheat. Therefore, if they do experience overheating, then there is definitely something wrong with the car's cooling system. The radiator hose can take the blame because this component can crack and then leak because of high heat pressure. The engine may fail when this problem is left unattended, and at the worse, this can stop the vehicle from operating too.
Broken Radiator Hose
There are many different reasons with which the radiator hose can break. You can actually inspect the part and check if there is swelling, cracking or leaking from the part. The hose may have collapsed as well. The latter can be due to the fact that the hose has already weakened. Some may also blame it on the cooling system itself.
All of the above-mentioned problems need much attention. Noticing them should never be an excuse to ignore them. You need to have the car double-checked, and the radiator hose replaced whenever necessary. A professional auto mechanic can help you choose the right component that is needed for the replacement of this part.