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Ford Explorer Radiator

Tips on How to Maintain Optimal Performance of Your Ford Explorer Radiator

The radiator keeps the internal combustion system of your Ford Explorer from overheating. This is vital in the overall performance of your car and that is why regular maintenance must be observed. Radiators are susceptible to various damage including rust, coolant blockage, damaged caps and water pumps, and leaky hoses. In order to avoid such damage to your radiators, it's best to observe the following maintenance tips:

  • Replace worn and damaged parts.

Each part of the radiator is important and even the smallest damage to any of it may lead to further problems. This is why worn and damaged parts should be replaced immediately. Always look out for broken or brittle hoses and worn belts. Be sure to replace the hose with the correct part number for your Ford Explorer.

  • Don't scrimp on the coolant.

It is extremely important that you provide sufficient amount of coolant or antifreeze to your car's radiator to prevent overheating. Regular changing of coolant is also effective in preventing corrosion of the radiator and engine. Check the level of your coolant on a monthly basis by looking into the overflow tank. Remove sludgy coolant and replace it with 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze.

  • Regular draining and flushing.

Thorough cleaning of your car's radiator is necessary to remove build-up of rust and sediment, which can potentially cause blockage or corrosion. Sludgy or brown appearance of the coolant basically means that it needs to be drained and replaced. You can do this by taking out the plug located in the engine block. Turning off the engine and letting it cool down sufficiently is a must before doing any work on the radiator. Keep in mind that it is extremely dangerous to work with a hot engine.

  • Conduct a pressure test.

Conducting a pressure test will help you identify if there are any external or internal leaks in your radiator as well as verify its capacity to hold a certain amount of pressure. This is performed through the use of a cooling system analyzer. Attach the radiator cap to the tester with an adaptor and pump up the pressure. Monitor the pressure reading. A drop in the value indicates that there is a leak.

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  • Diagnosis and Troubleshooting Tips for Common Ford Explorer Radiator Problems

    Ford Explorer radiators are built to provide cooling for this SUV's powerful and solid engine. A reliable radiator is one the most important parts of a car to keep it running in tiptop condition. However, it is bound to deteriorate and malfunction after some time because of a number of factors including excessive heating, pressure, and corrosion. To keep the ride as cool as the car itself, here are some tips on diagnosing and troubleshooting the most common problems of Ford Explorer radiators:

    Blockage and corrosion

    Whether due to old age or lack of maintenance, blockage and corrosion are one of the main causes of radiator damage. Rust will eventually take over your radiator and render it useless by clogging it up and rotting holes into the system. Blockage and corrosion are most commonly brought about by failing to the change coolant regularly and could be fixed by routine flushing.

    Leakage and its source

    Leaking radiators are pretty common and usually indicates an underlying problem in your radiator such as epoxy and solder failure or faulty hoses. Diagnosing the cause of the leakage is important to prevent further damage. Check for puddles of anti-freeze under your car and inspect the radiator hoses and pressure caps. Depending on the source of the leakage, you may apply temporary fixes like cold weld epoxy or have your car checked and repaired immediately by a professional.

    Overheating due to low water and coolant level

    Insufficient water and coolant is one of the main causes of overheating and this may result to further damages to the radiator. One way to know if your radiator is in danger of overheating is by checking if the temperature gage is approaching the hot range. In this case, pull up and pop up the hood to let the radiator cool down. You may afterwards open the cap and refill the radiator with coolant or water.

    Other radiator problems

    There are a number of other problems that you may encounter with radiators such as malfunctioning thermostats, damaged water pumps, and faulty ignition wires. If you notice that your car's heating or cooling system is acting unusually, inspect all the radiator parts to see if there is any damage that you should address immediately and if the problem still persists, have it checked by the mechanic.