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Radiator Safety: What You Need to Know about Leaks

The radiator within your tractor, truck, or automobile is there to help keep your engine cool. The way this works is that the coolant effectively removes heat from the engine by transferring it through a series of coils. The cooled air then flows back into the engine, in order to prevent it from overheating.

If the radiator has a leak, then coolant will be lost and your vehicle’s engine has the potential to overheat. One of the most common questions mechanics get about radiator leaks is, “Can I still drive my vehicle?” The short answer is no. Here are some things to consider about radiator leaks:

Driving with a Radiator Leak Can Cause Significant Damage

Depending on the severity of your radiator leak, the area may be able to be sealed by a professional mechanic, or it may need to be replaced. Either way, you should not drive far with a radiator leak. The reason for this is that the leak can cause further damage to your engine, which can mean a more extensive, and costly, repair. Driving with a radiator leak can and will cause your engine to overheat.

What Can You Do if Your Vehicle Overheats?

If you’re in the middle of operating your tractor, truck, or other automobile and it begins to overheat, then turn on the heater as high as it can go. This may seem counterintuitive; however, it transfers some of the heat load off of the engine.

If your temperature gauge does not go down after this, be sure to pull over to a safe location as soon as you can. Open the hood of your vehicle, but don’t open the radiator cap as you can injure yourself. Contact one of our professionals right away to have your car’s overheating problem inspected.

For expert radiator services, including radiator repair and replacement for tractors, trucks, and automobiles in Round Rock, TX and beyond, contact Roznovak’s Services today!

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