Just as how important the radiator is to the cooling system, so is the radiator support to the radiator. It is where the radiator is mounted as it keeps the engine cool. However, due to external factors, such as debris, rust, and even collision, this frame is always at risk of breaking or wearing out. This could result in engine overheating as well as damage to the other parts of the cooling system. Below are some troubleshooting tips when your Toyota Camry's radiator supports needs rescuing:
If, after a head-on collision, you notice that your hood doesn't fully shut, then there might be a problem with the radiator support. Locate your car's radiator support and check if it became bent as a result of the crash. A quick fix could be bending it back into shape using c-clamps and wood. Do this carefully to avoid further damaging the frame. However, if it seems to be beyond repair, might as well replace it with a new one. A replacement part is affordable and direct-fit; you can even install it on your own.
Since the radiator support is in close contact with the radiator, it is susceptible to coolant residue and debris, which could lead to corrosion. Once it succumbs to rust, it also puts your car's radiator at risk. It is important to check the radiator support for rust spots that can still be fixed before the rust eats it completely. You better replace it immediately and apply rust-proofing to the new part to ensure that it would last longer than its usual service life.
Unnecessary shakes coming from the front-end of your vehicle could get very annoying, especially when you are driving in high speed. Consequently, this could also be caused by a problem in the cooling system. Check the radiator support for any loose bolt or worn-out bushing that would cause it to be unstable. If you are correct, all you have to do is to tighten the bolts and if the vibrations persist, might as well have your car checked by the mechanic to diagnose the problem.