Ford Five Hundred Radiator: Trouble Diagnosis and Treatment
An overheating Ford Five Hundred does anyone little good. And usually, the culprit at fault in these inconvenient moments is a busted radiator. Though the radiator is one of the most essential components of the modern automobile, it tends to get far less attention than many people realize. When the engine misfires and backfires, when our fuel economy starts to drop, we will tend to blame the engine. Not realizing that the radiator is also partly at fault-and much cheaper to replace to boot. The following are the symptoms to look out for that warn that your radiator is on the fritz:
Knocking noises under the hood
Knocking noises under the hood can mean two things: the engine is choking up, or the radiator is severely low on coolant. Normally, you can dismiss the first of these two possibilities if the noise continues while the engine doesn't stutter or die. The reason the radiator makes such a noise is because air is starting to roll about amidst the coolant mix. This causes a rough, uneven flow of coolant, the pressure of which causes the entire radiator to shudder. A relatively simple solution is to drain the coolant tank completely before filling it to the brim again.
Cool spots on the surface
A more physical sign of a busted radiator is the presence of cool spots on its surface. Apart from literally being cool to the touch, they also appear badly discolored and worn. These spots are caused again by blockage, but one that is likely severe-considering that there is already physical damage on the surface of the radiator itself. Again, the solution can be fixed by purging the coolant receptacle completely before replacing the coolant inside. If the same trouble spot is noticed after doing all that, it's really time to consider getting as new radiator. Hypothetically, the blockage can be dealt with. Ultimately, however, the cost of doing so will be high enough that you could have gotten a new radiator anyway. It pays to be observant, as well as conscientious, to be able to spot the signs before they worsen.