Troubleshooting your Mitsubishi Eclipse Radiator
Getting your Mitsubishi Eclipse stuck in the middle of the road due to an overheated engine doesn't sound really cool. This road mishap is usually caused by a worn-out radiator. So if lately you have been experiencing higher engine temperature while driving your car in high speed, better check your radiator for leaks or damage. Here are some troubleshooting tips that might help you understand your Mitsubishi Eclipse radiator better:
If the engine overheats while you are driving, give it at least 30 minutes to cool down before checking the cause of the problem. Once the engine has cooled down, check the system for rotting or burnt hoses that might have caused the coolant to leak and burn. You can also check if the radiator is clogged by inspecting if the coolant is flowing correctly. If the thermostat and the hoses are working perfectly, the radiator is more likely to be clogged. Also, check the coolant by smelling it. If it smells like mud water or rubber, then the radiator is indeed the cause of the problem. You have to replace the radiator or perform a radiator flush to clean it.
If you have been experiencing frequent overheating, it could be due to a coolant contamination. Coolants come in different colors depending on their brands. However, don't ever combine two different colors of coolant. This would result in a gel-like substance that won't flow and only hinder the passageway to the engine system. When this happens, it could cause engine overheating and damage to the head gaskets and other components. Other substances that are mixed with the coolant would only contaminate it, except for water. It is advisable to have an equal mix of water and coolant for the radiator to function efficiently.
Since the radiator is exposed to all kinds of road debris such as dirt, moisture, and dust, it is most likely to wear out due to corrosion. When this happens, it can make the radiator more susceptible to breaking and failing. Check the radiator for rust spots and replace it before the corrosion totally eats it all up.