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.