In our vehicles, just as in any other vehicles containing piston-driven engines such as cars, light trucks or motorcycles, a radiator is an integral part of our engine’s overall cooling mechanism. Traditionally, radiators and engines used simple water as a means to pump a cooling fluid through your engine block. In recent decades, other mixtures have been used, generally the product of water and what is commonly referred to as “antifreeze” in varying ratios depending on your engine type and performance needs.
So exactly what is the process by which the radiator plays a part in the physical mechanisms that regulate your engine’s heat levels? Whereas original, early-model radiators simply relied on a vertical, trickle-style effect, much like a drain, to relocate fluid into an engine, modern-day radiators use centrifugal pumps to distribute coolant directly into your vehicle engine. The fluid absorbs the heat produced by your engine and is then recirculated back to the radiator, where the heat is released, thereby returning the coolant to a lower temperature for repeat use in your engine.
But how does your vehicle engine avoid over-pumping, or under-pumping, of coolant fluid? This process is controlled by your engine’s thermostat. The thermostat keeps cooling fluid away from your engine until the internal temperature reaches a certain level and prior to overheating. Once such temperature level is reached, the thermostat permits the coolant to enter your engine. This heat regulation mechanism is essential to allowing your engine to achieve heat levels necessary to attain optimal performance while, at the same time, avoiding overheating that can lead to engine failure and physical damage to key engine parts.
Regardless of whether it is freezing cold or swelteringly hot outdoors, your vehicle engine generates an enormous amount of heat due to friction and other energy-producing mechanisms and systems. Your vehicle engine will quickly overheat and fail unless a fairly consistent, proper heat level is maintained within your vehicle engine block.
Have you had your radiator or overall vehicle’s cooling system serviced lately? Is your check-engine light or temperature gauge frequently illuminated on your dashboard? Don’t wait until your engine suffers severe damage and failure. Please feel free to contact our main office today and schedule an appointment to diagnose your radiator and engine cooling system health.