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:
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 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.
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.