What does a car radiator do for an engine? Simply put, it keeps it running as cool as possible. In fact, it helps keep an engine from overheating. How car radiators work, though, is a bit more complex. Inside any vehicle, it all starts with coolant. As an engine runs and creates heat, this liquid travels through a radiator hose and between inlets and outlets. While it moves, a radiator cap compresses it. This helps the fluid take on as much heat as it can. Your radiator core's fins then expel the heat, and a fan disperses it into the air. The result: your engine works properly and lasts longer. Any factory radiator can go bad, though, and when it does, it can cause all kinds of problems. For example, your AC and heating systems can malfunction. Plus, your engine can overheat and stop working.
What are the Signs of Radiator Problems?
You're in luck. Spotting them is easy. Look for sludgy coolant and fin damage, listen for weird noises coming from your engine, and smell for the sweet, syrupy aroma of ethylene glycol. The last usually indicates a coolant leak. If you think your radiator is approaching failure, check your temperature gauge. Its needle will tell you if your engine's running hot. Then, do a full inspection. If the results call for replacement, steer clear of the aftermarket. A genuine Mopar radiator will fit your model best. Our auto parts store has plenty from your OEM, and you can order one online in just a few clicks. So, cross another job off your list of to-dos. Buy now!
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