Keeping your car's radiator efficient is important if you want to maintain the quality of your car's cooling system. But, even if you constantly perform maintenance procedures, you will still find defects in your radiator overtime. A constantly overheating car is the most common sign that you have a faulty radiator. So if you think this is the problem of your Dodge Caravan, you had better perform some troubleshooting. Listed here are just some of the common glitches you may encounter with defective Dodge Caravan radiators and the reasons behind them.
Radiator leaking is very easy to detect because a faulty one forms a large puddle that looks like water or engine coolant. You can easily inspect this when your vehicle is parked. If you see that the puddle's location is under where the radiator was, then you have a plugged radiator. Also, check for the hoses if there are signs of cracks and damages because this leak may have been caused by dirt and debris buildup or a defective radiator sealant.
Another problem that may manifest due to a clogged radiator is engine smoke or steam. It is easy to identify this because of the smoke's smell and color. A white and thick smoke should indicate that the problem is with the coolant. Other times, steam will come out, which is easily differentiated from other gases because of the absence of a strong smell.
A malfunctioning car radiator can cause engine overheating. There are several reasons that can cause the engine's temperature to rise. Some radiator parts you need to inspect include blown seams, deteriorated cooling fin solders, and the radiator cooling fan among others. In other instances, the radiator may be lacking antifreeze. Luckily, all you have to do is to open the cap if you want to do inspection. Overheating may also be caused by a plugged radiator, which prevents ample circulation of engine coolant, so don't forget to check for signs of clogging as well.
When performing diagnosis of the radiator, always allot time for the engine to cool down. If you're nor careful, you may injure yourself with serious burns if you do not follow this precautionary measure.