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Dodge Neon Radiator

How to Dodge Dodge Neon Radiator Troubles

Smoke from a barbeque party? That sounds nice. But smoke under your hood is definitely not. In fact, this smoke might even be expensively scary because it is likely a problem with your Dodge Neon radiator. And that also means trouble for your car's cooling system. So put out this damaging radiator smoke with the diagnostic and troubleshooting tips below:

Radiator leaks

Leaks are among the most common Dodge Neon radiator problems. It may be caused by wear, which may be typical of old radiators. But another cause could be damage, say, by harmful road debris. Leaks can be dangerous, not just for your radiator's service life but for other car components as well. For one thing, coolant leaks from your Dodge Neon radiator might run into your car's transmission, resulting in damage that may ultimately require the replacement of both your radiator and transmission. Luckily, there's a quick fix to this: flush your radiator. This should rid it of any filth that may be causing the problem. But, of course, flushing is just a temporary solution. So it is still better to always keep an eye out for signs of leaks, like coolant spots on your parking space and low coolant levels.

Rust buildup

Rust buildup is also a common predicament of your Dodge Neon radiator, especially because it is made of metal and naturally prone to rusting. To check for signs of rusting, check the coolant color. A brownish fluid already indicates excessive rust buildup in your radiator, and as in the case of leaks, a quick fix to this would be flushing.

Solder bloom

When you let rust thrive in your radiator, you might well expect a nasty combination in the soldered corners of your Dodge Neon radiator. The neglected rust may react with the coolant and inhibitor additives at the corners, forming solder bloom. To diagnose this problem, inspect your cooling system for white to green flaky deposits. Unfortunately, the only solution to solder bloom is replacement. For solder bloom, you would also have to flush and clean the rest of your car's cooling system so that you can be sure it is completely cleared of sediments and deposits.

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  • Dodge Neon Radiator Care Tips 27 February 2013

    Just the mere sight of the word "overheating" should already get you heading to your Dodge Neon radiator so that you could check it for possible defects. Well, aside from the ghastly costs and trouble overheating would bring, you simply wouldn't want to lose the main component of your car's cooling system. So why don't you perform some maintenance steps and save your Dodge Neon radiator-and your car in the long run?


    Flush your radiator every six months.


    Sediments, filth, and rust are constantly deposited in your radiator. Eventually, these may block or leak coolant-either way, the cooling system of your car will be gravely affected. That's why it is important to flush your car at least twice a year. Good thing this is something you can do on your own, and you wouldn't even have to use complicated tools. You only need an engine cover to prevent engine damage, plastic tub for drainage, water hose that would purge away dirt, and cold water and coolant to fill your newly flushed radiator.


    Change your coolant regularly.


    Aside from lubricating and picking up heat from the engine, your car's coolant also prevents rust and corrosion in your cooling system. This keeps your radiator in good condition. But radiator coolant also needs some maintenance. To keep its anti-freeze and anti-rust functions, coolant should be changed biannually or after every 24,000-30,000 miles of travel. But if you wish to completely change your Neon's coolant, there are new anti-freeze solutions in the market that now last up to five years or 10,000 miles before requiring change. Another tip: use distilled water for the anti-freeze solution. Tap water would only react with the aluminum components of your car's radiator, only hastening corrosion.


    Ensure a good ground connection.


    Aside from maintaining the Dodge Neon radiator itself and the coolant levels inside it, it is also important to keep an eye out for a good connection in the engine. If the charging system doesn't have a good ground connection, the radiator components might be affected by electrolysis corrosion. And that will surely be followed by costly damage which you wouldn't want for your Neon.