One may experience the worst when caught in a traffic jam, which can be a radiator leak. It is not a good option to waste money on engine repairs that are very expensive and time consuming. The engine will react if it is over-heated, it will melt and break thus resulting in costly repairs. The major reason of the engine break down is when the radiator coolant evaporates resulting in car damage. This is the reason that repairing a car radiator is more inexpensive and sensible as compared to repairing the engine.
Here is a simple guide that can be followed for a successful radiator repair and maintenance. Follow the easy directions:
The main culprit of the car damage is a broken radiator hose or a damaged coolant. This is the reason one must quickly attempt to repair the radiator hose using some sticker tapes or patchwork.
If the radiator has a pinhole leakage, then some pepper might do the job. However extreme caution must be taken. Allow the car to cool down for almost an hour before starting the repairs otherwise one can get burned very badly. The work has to be done safely because a hot coolant will be very dangerous to handle.
When the car has cooled down, the filler cap or the coolant protective covering can be opened and filled with several pepper pieces.
Now start the car again and let it get warm so that the pepper will get mixed well. The magical pepper might do the trick blocking the pinhole. After doing this temporary repair, the car can be taken to the mechanic for a real check up. However the magic of pepper will not last for a long time and it is definitely not a permanent solution. The pepper has to be cleared from the car’s cooling system because it can cause some damage to the car’s sensory parts.
If the problem is being created by the rubber of the radiator, then pepper will be of no help. When the car is cooled down sufficiently, just open the bonnet and once will be able to detect the cause of steam. When the hole in the rubber has been located, dry it completely. Then take almost two to three inches of duct tape and place it over the puncture present in the radiator. The tape should be placed firmly by nicely pressing it around the center. Rip more pieces of tape and wrap it around the small tape.
If the radiator has little or no fluid left in it, then even water can be added as a temporary solution for reaching the destination. Over-heating problems are prevented when the radiator is kept clean. The cooling system can get blocked by oil or other hard deposits. For keeping the coolant intact, a radiator flush is a cheap and an easy way.
All the necessary things should be kept near if the radiator needs to be drained for flushing, otherwise it would be very frustrating if something is desperately needed after draining the system.
It is good to check the coolant level of the radiator. If the level is very low then more premixed coolant needs to be added, it is easily available from shops.
Hopefully this will help fixing the radiator to some extent. If the radiator is severely damaged then a professional car mechanic has to be consulted.