Troubleshooting Common Toyota Tercel Radiator Problems
Toyota Tercel radiators can fail at any moment. It is nice to know how to fix the problem once you experience any of the following:
This is the most common reason why radiator fails. Several factors contribute to this, but the most common is when the coolant turns acidic. The now acidic coolant becomes corrosive and eats away the radiator from the inside. This can be prevented by changing the coolant as suggested by the manufacturer's preventive maintenance guide. Corrosion can also occur if the engine doesn't have a good electrical ground connection. This is called, electrolytic corrosion. Once this happens, your only option is to replace the radiator.
If you're in the middle of nowhere, you certainly cannot find a mechanic or the right tools to fix your leaking radiator. One way to quick-fix your radiator is by. Yes, EGG! It doesn't matter if it's chicken or duck egg. As long as it is an egg (an ostrich egg would be overkill, though). Let the engine cool for a bit before removing the radiator cap and pouring the egg in the radiator. The hot water inside the radiator will cool the egg while the pressure from the leak will force it into the leak. You can also use a cold weld epoxy to plug the leak. Other alternatives would be a duct tape and black pepper. Don't forget to install the radiator cap so that the radiator builds pressure and plug the leak. Remember that these are not meant to permanently fix your radiator. They are only meant to get you home.
Once you're home, weld the hole in the radiator. Replace the radiator if the damage. Any additive in the radiator can be flushed with high pressure.
The radiator is responsible for keeping the engine at its ideal operating temperature. If your car overheats, it means that the radiator has some problems. One way to know that your vehicle is overheating is by checking the thermostat or by looking at the hood if it is spewing steam. Pull over to the side of the road once you see any of these. Open the hood and check for leaks in the radiator and hoses. Check the hoses. Check the fan if it is working. Once you see the problem, make a temporary fix and drive straight home.