Signs That Your Nissan Maxima Radiator Is in Trouble
One of the most important parts of your vehicle's engine cooling system is the radiator. Without it, the other components under the hood including the pistons, cylinders, valves, and engine head would melt in an instant because too much heat. Your Nissan Maxima's radiator works under a lot of pressure and friction that could cause heat and result to problems. These radiator problems, should they occur, must not be taken for granted. Too much heat can seize the engine and cause an irreparable damage. To avoid getting your engine ruined beyond repair, take note of the following problems to watch out for in your Nissan Maxima's radiator.
Another sign of failure to watch out for in your Nissan Maxima's radiator is overheating. If the temperature of your car's engine rises above the normal temperature, this is a sure sign that your engine is hotter than it's supposed to be and this could lead to irreparable damages when ignored. Anything that prevents the cooling system's ability to absorb, transport, and dissipate heat can lead to overheating. Watch out for the main causes of overheating such as accumulated deposits in the water jackets that can lead to poor heat conductivity inside the engine, a water pump impeller that's eroded or loose, a damaged radiator cap, a faulty thermostat, poor airflow in the radiator, low level or loss of coolant, a slipping fan clutch, a lower radiator hose that has collapsed, or a failing electric cooling fan.
If you notice that your Nissan Maxima's heater suddenly starts blowing cold air, this could mean that your cooling system including the radiator is experiencing problems. Cold air blowing from the heater is a sign that the hot coolant from the engine has stopped circulating through the heater core. This failure in the heater could be the result of low coolant or other problems.
If you have spotted orange or green coolants leaked out in the passenger compartment of your Nissan Maxima, this is an obvious sign that your radiator is in trouble. Puddles and stains of green and orange coolants on the radiator or engine and a strong coolant smell emanating from the engine compartment are also sure warning signs that your radiator needs a replacement or a repair. These leaks could indicate punctures, corrosion, and other forms of damage in your vehicle's radiator. They could also indicate deteriorated radiator or heater hoses, failure in the engine gasket, or corrosion in the heater core.