Confirmation of Failing Isuzu Radiator Support
Like a picture in a frame, the radiator needs the radiator support. The function of the radiator is not really affected by the radiator support in any way. The radiator will still cool down the engine without it. However, it needs something to hold on to while the car is on the move. If stability isn't provided to the radiator, the fluids inside it would get disturbed and their flow won't be as efficient. Imagine drinking through a straw on a very bumpy and rocky road. The ride won't stop you from drinking, but it won't be as smooth as on level terrain. The radiator support is a very sturdy and it's made to outlast the radiator. However, freak accidents and natural phenomena could break the radiator support down. Here are just some of these problem makers for the radiator support.
Paint falling off
The radiator support is a light but strong metal frame where the radiator can be attached to. It was primered before it was installed, like all frames that provide support in the car. Primers are important is like an initial coat of paint that protects the metal from corrosion and rust. Since the radiator support is very closely attached to a volatile part such as the radiator, it needs all the protection. However, there will be a time that you might notice some chipping on the surface of the radiator support. And once the flakes start to fall off, rust has crept inside. Unless you can hold it off until the radiator collapses to the ground, it is recommended that the radiator support be replaced as soon as possible.
The radiator support is held on the main frame of the car by several bolts, screws, and spot welds. These ensure an iron vice-like grip so that the support won't dillydally from its place. Nevertheless, these components can get loose overtime. If that happens, the radiator support will also shake loose, creating a clunking sound.
Since the radiator support is located in the fascia of the vehicle, it gets considerable damage in road accidents and collisions. If you get caught in one of these dire situations, take a good look at the face of your vehicle. A skewed hood and bumper might indicate damage to the radiator support because it is situated within the gap between the two.