Confirmation of Failing Isuzu Radiator Support
Like a picture in a frame, the radiator needs the radiator support. The function of the radiator is not really affected by the radiator support in any way. The radiator will still cool down the engine without it. However, it needs something to hold on to while the car is on the move. If stability isn't provided to the radiator, the fluids inside it would get disturbed and their flow won't be as efficient. Imagine drinking through a straw on a very bumpy and rocky road. The ride won't stop you from drinking, but it won't be as smooth as on level terrain. The radiator support is a very sturdy and it's made to outlast the radiator. However, freak accidents and natural phenomena could break the radiator support down. Here are just some of these problem makers for the radiator support.
Paint falling off
The radiator support is a light but strong metal frame where the radiator can be attached to. It was primered before it was installed, like all frames that provide support in the car. Primers are important is like an initial coat of paint that protects the metal from corrosion and rust. Since the radiator support is very closely attached to a volatile part such as the radiator, it needs all the protection. However, there will be a time that you might notice some chipping on the surface of the radiator support. And once the flakes start to fall off, rust has crept inside. Unless you can hold it off until the radiator collapses to the ground, it is recommended that the radiator support be replaced as soon as possible.
The radiator support is held on the main frame of the car by several bolts, screws, and spot welds. These ensure an iron vice-like grip so that the support won't dillydally from its place. Nevertheless, these components can get loose overtime. If that happens, the radiator support will also shake loose, creating a clunking sound.
Since the radiator support is located in the fascia of the vehicle, it gets considerable damage in road accidents and collisions. If you get caught in one of these dire situations, take a good look at the face of your vehicle. A skewed hood and bumper might indicate damage to the radiator support because it is situated within the gap between the two.
How to Defend Your Isuzu Radiator Support
The radiator is responsible for properly cooling the motor. Without it, the engine is going to be in constant danger of blowing its head off. So in one way, the radiator supports the engine. But what supports the radiator? Enter the radiator support. The radiator support is a strong, lightweight metal frame that is attached to the main frame of the vehicle. Without this, the radiator would not be able to properly provide the necessary fluids the engine needs to cool down. Therefore, by taking care of it, you are ensuring a long and safe run by your vehicle.
Re-apply primer on the radiator support.
Usually, most of the metal components in the vehicle, especially those under the hood, are primered in order to avoid rust and corrosion from creeping into the metals and compromise their functionality. The radiator support is also made the same way. But the primer is not an all-powerful, impenetrable force field. At some point, it will lose its strength; particularly if it gets peeled off from the outside. Once that happens, expect rust to come in like an epidemic. However, you can combat this by taking preventive measures, such as re-applying primer on the radiator support once you see it chip or flake. If this won't be possible at the moment, you can use aerosol oil such as WD-40 for temporary protection.
Inspect the screws, bolts, and spot welds.
Screws and bolts are the movable parts that hold the radiator support on the main frame of the car. The spot welds, on the other hand, are procedures made on the radiator support so that it would still stay on the frame, regardless of the screws and bolts. Overtime, these could be plagued by the occasional wear and tear. They could be infected by rust or the screws and bolts might get loose. Nevertheless, careful and keen inspection of these things will be a good precursor for a healthy cooling system.
The most common cause of damage in the radiator support is not caused by natural phenomenon such as rust and the like. It is caused by man-made actions, particularly, road accidents. More often than not, a fender bender with enough force could shake the radiator support and the radiator away from the main car frame. By driving with caution and safety, you lower your risk of getting caught in accidents because of careless driving.