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Ford Five Hundred Radiator

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.

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  • Keeping Your Ford Five Hundred Radiator in Tip-Top Shape

    All cars need to keep cool. It's absolutely essential to even a powerful performer like the Ford Five Hundred-that's where the radiator comes in. Working off the most basic of physics, the radiator takes all the hot air built up by a working engine, and cools it down. When your radiator breaks down, you can expect a lot of overheating, terrible inconvenience, and eventually, damage to your engine. Keeping your radiator well-maintained is actually a very simple task that only requires you to be conscientious of taking care of your car as a whole. Here are a few of the simple things you can do keep you radiator in the best condition for a long time:

    Keep it clean.

    The most basic thing you can do-which most people will forget-is to constantly clean your radiator. If you can do this every month, all the better-the minimum, however, is once a year. Before you do so, it's important that you check if the cap on your radiator is closed-up tight. Any breaks in the seal might allow water into the radiator, contaminating the coolant. Once you're sure of that, it's a simple matter of wiping it down with a clean, damp cloth. It isn't recommended that you splash a whole lot of water onto your radiator as that might short the electrical wiring around that area.

    Top up the coolant.

    Your radiator relies on your coolant to properly function. Any air bubbles that get trapped inside the radiator can block the effective flow of coolant within the system, and so should be dealt with. The best way to do that is to keep coolant levels really high. Now, before you just pop the hood and pour in the coolant, it's important that you give the engine time to cool first so the level of coolant settles down enough to let you assess them correctly. This done once a month ensures efficient operation, and more reliable engine performance.

    Be wary of winter.

    If you live in a State where winter is particularly rough, the normal proportion of antifreeze to water just won't cut it. Increase the amount of antifreeze to about 60% of the total mixture to prevent the radiator from freezing over.