Quick Look and Fixes for the Ford Aspire Radiator
Serving as a vehicle engine's cooling system; the radiator makes or breaks your driving experience. No matter how sleek your Ford Aspire is, if your radiator breaks down on you, you end up with a failed hot engine and an even hotter head. Normally, radiator issues are addressed by professionals, but in case you're caught in the middle of nowhere, here are a few tips on how to deal when a Ford Aspire radiator overheats:
This is the part where most vehicle owners get into even more trouble. The moment they see their engine showing signs of overheating, their first instinct is to drive faster to make it to the shop. This is wrong. Pushing the engine further will make the temperature in the engine too hot, and will cause the components to start melting. This will result in more costly repairs.
Turn off and chill
Allow the car to cool for about 15 to 20 minutes before touching anything. Overheating means the engine and the radiator is hot enough to cause injury. You will not be able to do proper troubleshooting if you have a burnt hand.
The usual suspect
Check for any coolant spill. This is the most common culprit when the radiator overheats. Follow the spill to the leaking hose and do an emergency repair. Open the coolant filler cap and pour in peppers. The peppers will lock the small hole and clog it up so that you can start your car again.
Wrap it up
If you don't have pepper handy (who does?) then maybe you have a duct tape handy. A true DIY person always have a duct tape, everyone knows that. Locate the leaking rubber radiator hose and seal it with duct tape. This should hold until you get to a place where you can properly fix it.
Fill her up
Once you have the leak under control, check the radiator fluid status. Gauge if it's enough to get you back home or to a shop. If it's not enough, you can temporarily fill it up with regular water.
When you finally get home, or to a shop, check other issues that could've caused the radiator failure. Several other culprits that could have caused the malfunction are broken or slipping drive belts, bad cooling fan, a vacuum leak, and broken down thermostat. All of these probable issues either need adjusting or replacing.