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Mazda B4000 Radiator

Symptoms of a Bad Mazda B4000 Radiator

The Mazda B4000 radiator is there to give your car's engine the ability to maintain a specified operating temperature. If this component goes bad, then the entire cooling system becomes compromised, and it can cause serious mechanical damage to your vehicle. The good news is, you can avoid this and save a lot of money on repair bills by keeping an eye out for these three common symptoms.

Low coolant levels

Low coolant level is generally a sign of a coolant leak. Check the fins in the radiator as they may be torn, which then causes the fluid to leak out as it is flowing up and out through the upper radiator hose. A coolant leak can cause your Mazda B4000 to overheat. An easy way to diagnose this problem is to use a pressure tester, which you can lease from an auto shop. By applying pressure to the coolant system, you will find where the leak is through the tester.

Murky or discolored coolant

If the coolant has a muddy appearance when you inspect it, then the radiator may have a clogged fin. Some inexpensive coolants can leave small deposits in the component, causing the fins to clog and prevent the fluid to flow through the motor. To push out any blockage, use a flush kit on your radiator. However, if this does not work and the component is really working badly, you might have to replace it.

Cool spots

Cool spots on your radiator are usually a sign of an internal blockage. To check where exactly the cool spots are, start the car and let it run. As the engine begins to warm up, feel the outside radiator fins with your hands. The entire component should heat up as hot fluid passes along inside, but if you feel hot and cold spots on the fins, then the fluid might not be flowing correctly. The cold areas are usually the ones that are clogged. To fix this, you can also flush the radiator, but again, if the blockage is too huge and it can't simply be flushed out, then you will have to replace the component.

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  • Tips to Keeping Your Mazda B4000 Radiator in Top Shape 04 March 2014

    Responsible for keeping your pickup truck's engine at a safe operating temperature, the Mazda B4000 radiator is one of the most important operating components in a vehicle. If it turns faulty, your engine could be in big trouble. This component may to fail once small particles of dirt and rust build up to clog the radiator. If this happens, the engine can't be ventilated properly and it may end up overheating. Prevent this from happening to your truck by keeping its radiator in top shape.Coolant maintenanceA coolant is the fluid that flows through your car's cooling system to transfer heat from the engine to the radiator so that it won't overheat. Not changing the liquid in the cooling system may affect your truck's engine performance, so it's important to schedule the radiator's maintenance and service. Because keeping a clean coolant is important to maintain a working radiator, keep the following tips in mind:

    • Over time, the coolant gets dirty. Once you notice that it's murky or discolored, replace the old liquid with a new coolant. Older vehicles require a coolant change every two years or 30,000 miles, while newer vehicles can use the same coolant for up to 100,000 miles.
    • Make sure that the coolant you will use is what the manufacturer recommends, as the wrong type can damage the radiator and even the engine. To know what kind is for your vehicle, refer to your owner's manual.
    • After you have your radiator serviced or repaired at a shop, verify that the cooling system is not leaking and that the radiator fans are working properly. Check if all air bubbles and air pockets had been bled from the system as well.
    Radiator flushBefore pouring in the new coolant, it's best to flush the radiator. Over time, the old liquid can leave solid deposits that can clog the radiator and the rest of the cooling system. As long as you don't let the blockage build up too much, doing a quick, inexpensive radiator flush regularly can keep the component in shape.Other maintenance tips
    • To help prevent more problems in the future, replace the cooling system's thermostat whenever the radiator has been replaced or when the radiator has been flushed.
    • Even if you don't see the engine's temperature dropping, it's still important to troubleshoot the radiator while you're in the task of servicing it. Be sure to do a pressure check, inspect for coolant leaks, and feel the component for cool spots to immediately diagnose any problem.