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Chevrolet K1500 Radiator

Solving Common Chevrolet K1500 Radiator Problems

When a person experiences trouble with the performance of his car, the common advice is: "Check the radiator." True enough, radiators are the common culprits and are the usual concern for drivers-regardless the brand and model of their car. Given that radiator problems are the crowd favorite, we have listed the common ones as well as ways to troubleshoot them.

Overheating

The radiator is the first part to check when the engine overheats. You would be able to see which part is at fault after parking the car and popping the hood open.

You would need to see if the coolant level is too low or empty and if there are any broken parts in the radiator assembly. Usually, broken auxiliary fans or hoses would cause the car to overheat. A broken fan is easy enough to diagnose (yes, the blades are not spinning), while a broken hose would cause leaks which are usually greenish or bluish in color. If neither of these is faulty, the likely cause is the coolant reservoir which you would just need to refill.

However, there is still a chance that you simply have a bad radiator. In this case, more water is not the answer; it is best to consult your mechanic or a nearby service center.

Rusting

Like any other car part made of metal, your Chevrolet K1500 radiator is prone to rusting. If you notice a brownish fluid leaking out, then you should be able to see rust inside the cooling system. Other than time, rust is usually caused by low-quality coolants. Although rust in the radiator system is not an imminent threat to your vehicle, it is best that you do not leave it unattended.

Leaking

Leaks are the common manifestations of an old radiator or one that went through an accident. However, they can also be caused by normal things on the road such as stone or rocks that hit the radiator. Because the coolant is leaking out, the car's engine is expected to overheat. Patch-ups are the temporary solutions but persistent leaks would require you to have the radiator replaced.

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  • How You Can Keep Your Chevrolet K1500 Radiator at its Best 27 February 2013

    "The radiator broke down."-this is one of the common sentences heard after a car breakdown. You can't actually blame the radiators because being part of the core system that operates your car is no less than stressful. However, most radiator problems can be avoided through proper maintenance. Here are a few ways how:


    Do a regular inspection


    A customary check of your radiator is all you need to keep it in shape. Inspect the radiator assembly when possible, but it is recommended to do so once a week. Take a few minutes to see if any part was damaged or has aged enough. This would prevent the problem from getting any worse and have you stuck on a highway-and you wouldn't want that. A quick check before long trips is also advised.


    Avoid using tap water


    Since radiators have aluminum parts, tap water risks premature rusting that can damage the radiator system. Waters high in mineral content speed up the process of electrolysis which-in an attempt to save you from scientific jargons-simply causes debris to build up inside the radiator. Your Chevrolet K1500 radiator is better off with distilled water and a coolant.


    You may say: "But there are times when you're on the road and have no choice but to use tap water." This is exactly why we recommend that you have at least a liter of distilled water and a coolant with you every time you go for a drive.


    Use a good coolant


    It is recommended to go for glycol-based antifreeze coolants when it comes to radiators. Remember to mix the coolants with the right amount of water. The "right" amount would depend on the area you are living in or the season; it would be best to mix equal amounts of water and coolant when you live in a warm environment.


    Do not let rust and sediment build-up


    Regularly flushing prevents rust and debris to build-up which can clog the radiator assembly, eventually causing it to fail. It is recommended to flush the radiator once a year, at the very least. It also advisable to flush after you refill the coolant, replace a radiator part, or complete a DIY task near/involving the radiator assembly.