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Honda Accord Radiator

Simple Tips in Maintaining the Honda Accord Radiator

Anybody who has had to pull over the side of the road with an overheated engine knows how exasperating—and expensive—a failing radiator can be. But it doesn't have to be this way since regular maintenance and proper use of the radiator can go a long way in ensuring this essential cooling component works in top condition for a long period of time.

In this guide, we've listed down some simple yet highly effective maintenance tips you can use for the Honda Accord radiator.

  • Use a combination of mineral-free water and engine coolant.

Or, at the very least, avoid using tap water as engine coolant. This is because ordinary tap water still contains minerals and other impurities that can build up and clog the radiator lines, as well as promote the onset of rust in the radiator and even in the engine. Engine coolant, on the other hand, is especially designed for use with the radiator; aside from having a higher boiling temperature, they also contain chemicals that inhibit corrosion and frost from forming inside the radiator.

  • Conduct a radiator flush regularly.

Flushing the radiator on a routine basis is the most effective way to keep mineral and rust deposits from building up inside the engine. Ideally, radiators should be flushed once every 40,000-60,000 miles, although this must be done earlier if the radiator already shows signs of rust or mineral contamination.

  • Check for "crunchiness" in the radiator hose.

One way to determine if the radiator is contaminated with rust is by squeezing the radiator hose. If you feel a crunching sensation in your fingers, it means rust has lined the inside of the radiator and will need to be flushed.

  • Refill the coolant through overflow tank and not through the radiator cap.

One of the common mistakes car owners make is to refill the radiator through the radiator cap and not through the overflow tank. While it is more accessible, the radiator cap is actually a release valve that allows hot coolant to depressurize. Refilling the radiator through this runs the risk of letting dirt, air, and other contaminants into the radiator, as well as potentially causing severe burns if the engine is still hot.

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  • Essential Tips on Installing the Honda Accord Radiator

    Is your Honda Accord constantly overheating? It could be time to replace the radiators. Radiators are among the most common car components to fail, and in most cases will require replacement in order to fix engine overheating problems. In this guide, we'll share some tips on how to properly install the Honda Accord radiator.

    Tip #1: Flush the radiator before starting.

    "Flushing" or draining the Accord's radiator and radiator lines is essential in preventing contamination of the new radiator with rust and impurities carried by the coolant solution. You can have the radiator flush at your nearest mechanic, although you can also do so on your own. Make sure that the engine has sufficiently cooled before starting, however, and drain the coolant into a clean receptacle. Most states have strict regulations regarding the proper disposal of used coolant, so make sure to refer with your local government on how to get rid of your coolant safely.

    Tip #2: Tighten and loosen the bolts hand.

    While an air ratchet can make removing and tightening the radiator mounting bolts an easier task, it also tends to damage the threads and the brackets. Some manufacturers even have a clause where the use of air ratchets and similar tools on the brackets will void the warranty.

    Tip #3: Once in place, test your new radiator.

    Leave the engine running for at least 10 minutes and, with the radiator cap off, check of the coolant is flowing enough to maintain the temperature at a stable level. If the coolant isn't flowing or if the engine temperature is still rising rapidly, check the thermostat, the water pump, and the radiator hose for air pockets. Take note of any leaks in the radiator as well as coolant puddles on the floor.

    In addition, even if the radiator functions normally, it is still recommended to observe the car's temperature for several days. Constant exposure to heat will cause the metal components to expand and reveal potential sources of leaks.

    Tip #4: Get the bleeders "burped."

    Another post-installation procedure you must do to ensure the new radiator runs properly is to "burp" its bleeder fittings. This involves raising the front of the car up to allow the air trapped in the cylinder head to exit out of the system. Once it's done, fill up the coolant overflow tank to the cold line to prevent more air from entering the system.