Nissan Titan Radiator
Maintenance Pointers to Consider for the Nissan Titan Radiator
Regular maintenance of the radiator is an essential task for any Nissan Titan owner. Without it, the engine will quickly heat up and break down. The following are some key pointers to remember in maintaining your Nissan Titan radiator:
- Refill the radiator once coolant levels go low.
Refilling the radiator with coolant is an easy yet highly effective way to keep it in good condition. Although modern automotive cooling systems are designed to be a sealed loop, coolant will still manage to evaporate from the system. Leaks in the radiator will also exacerbate the rate at which the system loses coolant. And once the coolant goes low, the radiator will be unable to function properly and overheat. So whenever coolant levels hit the refill mark, top it up as soon as possible. Take note that the coolant must be filled at the overflow tank and not on the radiator itself, as opening the latter may cause hot steam to escape and cause burns.
- Check for leaks.
If you find yourself refilling the tank frequently, it may be an indication that the radiator is leaking. Other signs include visible damage to the radiator body and hoses, pools of coolant on the ground where the vehicle was parked, and constantly high engine temperatures even when idling. Leaks in the radiator may still be patched up if the damage is minor, although radiator hoses will necessitate replacement no matter the extent of the leak.
- Never use tap water as coolant.
Although basically free, tap water is not recommended for use as a coolant unless it is for extreme emergencies. Tap water contains minerals that can build up and clog the channels of the radiator and the radiator hose, as well as cause rust to form inside the radiator channels. Ideally, the radiator should be filled with a mixture of 50/50 coolant and filtered water, although this may vary depending on the suggestion of the manufacturer.
- Flush the radiator regularly.
Even with regular refilling and maintenance, rust and sediment will still build up in the radiator, making it necessary to "flush" the radiator. Manufacturers often recommend flushing the radiator once every year, although it must be done early if the coolant already shows signs of contamination.