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Honda Civic Radiator

Three Ways to Maintain Your Honda Civic Radiator

It is the radiator that keeps your Honda Civic's engine from overheating and potentially damaging itself, so it's important that you also look after it. Good thing, the radiator is among the vehicle components that are easy to maintain. You just have to keep some elements of your cooling system in their normal state, and your radiator will be just fine. Below are some tips that you should keep in mind to get the most out of your Honda Civic radiator and add more years to its service life:

  • Always keep your coolant topped up.

The coolant is your cooling system's lifeblood. This fluid goes through the radiator to dissipate the heat that it has collected from the working engine. Low coolant level in the radiator can cause overheating, which can damage not only the engine but also some cooling system components. Having the right proportion of water and antifreeze in the radiator also prevents water from freezing in cold temperatures and boiling when the climate gets warmer. So, as soon as you noticed that you have low coolant level in the radiator, top it up as soon as possible.

  • Perform a radiator flush at least once a year.

Regardless of the miles you have put on your Honda Civic, it is a good idea that you have your radiator flushed annually. Flushing can rid your radiator of buildups of rust, sediments, and dirt, which can clog the cooling system. If you're doing this maintenance task by yourself, you have to allot a couple of hours as you'll need to drain the radiator of coolant, add a cleaning solution and allow it to do wonders inside the radiator fins, drain the solution, and refill the radiator with 50/50 mixture of water and coolant.

  • Take your Civic to a qualified mechanic at least once in every two years for a thorough cooling system check-up.

While radiator maintenance is something that you can do without the help of a pro, it is still wise if you take your Honda Civic to a qualified mechanic once in every two years for a comprehensive cooling system inspection. Most of the time, such inspection includes machine-powered radiator flush, cooling system pressure checks, leak inspection, application of sealant and lubricant where and when necessary, and other maintenance essentials.

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  • Troubleshooting Three Common Issues Associated with Your Honda Civic Radiator

    Most radiator problems can't be seen through visual inspection. Thankfully, there are always signs that will tell you if this cooling system component is in trouble. You just have to be on your guard should any of the signs appear, so you can start with your troubleshooting right away. Here are some of the problems you are likely to experience with your car that has something to do with your Honda Civic radiator:

    Low coolant level

    When the coolant level of your cooling system is unexpectedly low, even though you've just topped it up a couple of days ago, there might be a leak in the system that causes the coolant to deplete that fast. The problem may not be just on the radiator. It's also possible that the leak is on the hoses and the connections. To know if the leak comes from your Civic's radiator, look for a puddle of liquid underneath the engine when the vehicle isn't running. If there is any and the fluid looks red or green and is slimy in texture, that's probably a coolant leaking out of the radiator.

    Engine overheating

    While there can be several factors that cause engine overheating, your first point of inspection when this happens in your Civic should be the radiator, what with its job of keeping the engine cool as it runs. If the engine overheats, it's possible that the radiator loses its capability of dissipating the engine heat absorbed by the coolant probably due to clogging or other problems. When this happens while you're driving, pull over on the safe side of the road and open the hood to let the engine cool down before troubleshooting. Besides broken or dirty radiator, other causes of overheating are broken or cracked hoses, damaged auxiliary fan, or low/empty coolant level.

    Drop in coolant pressure

    Under normal circumstances, a radiator should produce 10 PSI to 12 PSI. If your pressure gauge tells you that there's a drop in pressure, it's an indication of an existing radiator problem. It could be that the radiator has corrosion rust buildup inside. This can be remedied by flushing the radiator and checking the pressure again.