As far as vital car parts are concerned, the radiator is up there with the engine and the transmission system. You just cannot write it off as a minor component. That’s because without it, your car won’t work. The engine will overheat and the car will come to a sudden stop after a while. This means you have to ensure the radiator is always in a good condition. Unfortunately for many car owners, ensuring the radiator is in a good condition is as good as saying all one needs to do is ensure the cap hasn’t cracked and the coolant level is still high. This is of course, wrong. The radiator won’t simply last for long because of such neglect and other reasons such as:
You Don’t Flush It
It may be hard for you to know how often you should flush your car’s radiator. The bottom line here though is, you should do it annually. If you drive often, you should do it after at least 25,000 miles. Remember flushing is important solely because it rids the radiator of particle build up. It also prevents clogging. Your mechanic should guide you on how often you should do it. You should also follow what your car manual recommends. Ignore the flushing rule and before long, build up will spill throughout the cooling system. The results can be dire, such as degradation and wearing out of the cooling system.
You Do Not Listen To Your Car
Most Volvo owners do not know this but Volvo models hardly ever fail without first exuding some signs. Take the radiator for instance. Before it fails, your car will most likely show sure signs of failure. The most common sign in this case is usually an overheating engine. The radiator can also begin leaking. If your car is one of Volvo’s latest models, the check engine light will turn on. Do for whichever reason, ignore these signs. Simply take the car to a mechanic.
You Use The Wrong Coolant
Not so long ago, coolants were sold concentrated. This meant you had to buy it and dilute it on your own. This has of course, changed as all coolants today are sold pre-diluted. Yours is to buy and feed it to your car. The coolants used before are still in the market. There are also other coolants used by other car models complete with different color codes. This presents a challenge especially to a first time car owner. Which coolant should you buy? Buying the wrong coolant can easily damage the radiator. The only solution here is to refer to your car manual. Alternatively, you can ask your mechanic for help.
You Forego Servicing
Treat a car right and it will serve you for years. This is particularly true with Volvo models. They are made to last. There is a reason some of the highest priced vintage and classic cars today are Volvos. But like any Volvo enthusiast will tell you, regular servicing is what mostly makes the difference between Volvo models that last and even outlive their owners and the ones that end up as broken. By all means, take your car for regular servicing. Only then will you figure out problems that can be fixed on time before they worsen. Your mechanic will also inspect the condition of your radiator, coolant levels and anything about the radiator that needs fixing.