Identifying and Dealing with Saturn Sl Radiator Problems
Saturn Sl radiator aids in the cooling system of your vehicle. The radiator transfers heat from the hot coolant and converts it into cold air and flows through the engine by the cooling fan. While old radiators were made with durable metal, vehicles today have radiators made of either plastic or aluminum like the Saturn Sl radiator. And because it is made of sturdy aluminum, the radiator can last from eight to ten years. However, there are issues that come up, which decreases the radiator's service life. Here are some of the Saturn Sl radiator's problems and what you can do about them.
Cracked or damaged radiators
Unlike plastic and metal radiators, the Saturn Sl's aluminum radiator can be fixed if it only has a hairline crack. Most mechanics will recommend you to just replace the radiator. However, if you are looking for a cheaper, albeit temporary, fix then, you can use a stop leak fluid and an automotive bonding agent (like quicksteel compound and JB weld). You can fix the hairline crack in less than an hour. First, remove the radiator from the vehicle. Then, sand the radiator and apply the quicksteel. After that, apply a thin coat of JB weld and pour in stop leak fluid in the radiator. Let it sit for 12 hours before driving. Again, this type of fix is temporary and you should use your borrowed time saving up for a new radiator. For cracks worst than a hairline, you would have to buy a replacement immediately as you cannot drive with damaged radiator.
Coolant leak is an issue that immediately follows a cracked radiator. It is actually an obvious sign that you have a damaged radiator as you see coolant spill wherever you drive or park. Normally people have a stop leak handy in their car,so if your do not have one yet, then better buy one. But what if you're on a road without a nearby auto parts shop? Well then, check if you have left over condiments in your vehicle. Yes. Condiments like mustard or black pepper. All you need to do is add about two tablespoons of either mustard, or black pepper, to your coolant. Both ingredients will serve as stop leaks for your radiator and serve as temporary seals.
Overheating is the result of the lack of coolant in your radiator. This means that you are running low in coolants and the engine is getting hotter. What you need to do is pull over and open your hood to allow the heat to come out. After letting the radiator cool off, pour in a bottle of coolant in it. If you do not have spare coolant in your vehicle, pour in water and this should tide you over to the next auto shop or gasoline station.