A radiator is a heat transfer device that allows air to pass freely over fines that conduct heat from liquid circulated within an engine to cool it.

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Grill of car got knocked inwards - should I worry?

A poor pidgeon came off second-best to the front grille of my Chevrolet Kalos a few days ago - I had no desire of being rear-ended by the car that was following me too closely! So the bottom of the ...
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Ford Fiesta - the colour of the water in the water container

I own a hatchback ford fiesta. I took my car out for a drive today for 10 minutes and when I came back, I opened the hood and checked that the water in the water container was quite hot (not ...
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Radiator drain plug for Ford Falcon BA Mk2 Wagon

I'm trying to flush the coolant on a 2005 Ford Falcon (BA Mk2 wagon model, with the 6-cylinder engine), but am having difficulty locating the radiator drain plug. I'm having difficulty even getting ...
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Honda Accord 1997 - Steam coming from small part of radiator, leaking coolant

After working fine all day, this afternoon I noticed my engine had heated up so hot the needle was above the red. I pulled over and there was steam coming from a small space on the radiator and it ...
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How to install an electric motor-driven radiator cooling fan instead of the belt-driven one?

I want to know about how to install an electric motor-driven radiator cooling fan instead of the belt-driven one. Vehicle: 1998 Mitsubishi-fuso fm617 Engine: Mitsubishi 6d16 diesel engine (radiator ...
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Steam coming from radiator, odd noise while accelerating

I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla and last night while driving on the freeway, every time I pressed the gas pedal, the car would make a very noticeable sound. I pulled over and, as soon as I did, steam ...
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What is the Magic ON temperature for Electric Fans?

I want to wire up my old truck to turn an electric fan ON to keep the radiator cool. The ECM has an engine coolant temperature sensor mounted in the engine that alters the resistance to determine ...
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Is it unreasonable to expect nation chain mechanics to recognize a blown head gasket from a radiator problem before installing new radiator?

PepBoys replaced my radiator a week ago exactly, because it blew a hose a week before. It also had the following symptoms:. *spewing white smoke and fluid out the tail pipe. *radiator losing all its ...
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Overflow reservoir bubbles after driving not overheating

My 95 Ford Windstar just had the radiator replaced. After driving there is bubbling in the overflow res. , engine is not overheating and water seems cool to touch in reservoir. I can smell antifreeze ...
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BMW radiator problems

My radiator is spewing water when it is shut down. No hoses are leaking. Comes out of the bottom of the BMW and there isn't any over heating that the gauge shows.Can I still drive it if I fill the ...
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Flushing built up Rust and Mineral Deposits in Cooling System

The previous owner ran tap water in the cooling system for few years, and we have very heavy, mineral rich water locally. When I bought the car about six months ago, I drained the water, and put a ...
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Strong vibrating over 60mph. 98 ML320

1998 Merc-Benz ML320 Some Back Story Had problems sense I got his thing. It had a slight radiator leak to start with that I was made aware of at purchase. Until now, that's all it was. Since ...
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Inside radiator coming off?

I have recently (yesterday) went through coolant flushing and this morning, I have opened the radiator cap and found something weird going on inside: I'm pretty sure it was fully black all of ...
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My truck is not accelerating when going to low gear from high gear

So I have a '94 Chevy truck with a bad radiator leak (which may be unrelated). Yesterday and today I pulled off of the highway and the street light on the exit was green meaning I didn't have to come ...
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1995 Chevy s-10 4 cylinder running hot but not overheating

I am having an issue with my s-10. It runs hot but is not overheating. It started when I replaced the temperature sending unit and thermostat. I put in an additional thermostat to make sure the first ...
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Would JB Plasticweld work well for radiator repair?

I have a small crack in the plastic part of a radiator. I first applied JB Waterweld, and that didn't work because it didn't bond to the plastic very well. So, I removed the Waterweld by scraping it ...
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Getting Wiring Harness through Radiator Support?

I'm currently in the process of doing my best to overhaul an 88 Chevy Silverado Pickup 2500 V8 5.7L. I do not know much about cars, but am learning. Anyway, long story short, the engine hoist I have (...
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Honda Accord 1998 [closed]

When I took radiator cap off, antifreeze came up like a volcano. The car wasn't on, and hasnt been on a day. I can't find out what it is, help?
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Will a radiator still work properly if laid on its side?

So basically I made the decision of investing in a 1987 MK3 Supra with an 350 small block engine swap. The current radiator is not cutting it and the vehicle overheats after 10 miles of driving when ...
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Mysterious honda civic 2002 overheating some time

Okay, so lets start here. First my car started overheating. We changed the thermostat but it keeps on over heating. Let me explain my problem. I am driving on highways my heaters work perfectly ...
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Using only coolant or mix of water for radiator?

Do I have to use only coolant for radiator or mix coolant with water, if so what percentage of coolant and water should be mixed?
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Radiator overflow, temperature increase, and radiator contains oily fluid

I have Dodge Charger 2007 model, ran 145000kms. Suddenly I found temperature of radiator comes high and starts overflowing radiator fluid, which is mixed with oil. Car is in running condition, but if ...
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How to know if a radiator is getting sufficient airflow

I have recently purchased a dune buggy as displayed in the photo below. Note the position of the radiator located above the seats. What I am wanting to do is install some clear perspex in the window ...
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Plastic end-tank radiator

Why are modern radiators made from aluminium with plastic ends? What is the durability compared to 100% aliuminium radiators?
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STEAM coming from under the hood?

This is my car ->(1990 Honda Accord EX Sedan 4 door 5 speed manual) Ok this is the first time I have ever seen a leak from my car. I bought it in Primo condition & I only use it for errands ...
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Bad Radiator Messed up Head Gasket

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 V6 and today my radiator was leaking from the bottom. I drove it to the mechanic and at about 4.5 miles from the mechanic the car temperature gauge was all the way to ...
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How to test for radiator leaks?

There is coolant leaking from my 2007 Tacoma's radiator SOMEWHERE because there is leakage dripping from the lower right corner. I saw it when I took the skid plate off to replace the serpentine belt....
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Lower radiator hose heater. Is it worth it?

As winter and cold temperature are coming soon, I was looking at getting a block heater and I came across a thread talking about installing a lower radiator hose heater. Does anyone have one installed?...
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Bent radiator fins — how many is too many?

Hi I thought I fixed some previous overheating problems but I only helped them. My car was running fine when it was 95F or so over the weekend but now it's 110F(yes, hell, I know) outside and my cars ...
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Temperature of coolant before and after radiator [closed]

I am doing an analysis project on radiators so I need to know the input temperature. At what average temperature does the coolant enter radiator (not thermostat opening temperature) during normal ...
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Milky Oil in the radiator - Mazda 323

My vehicle has oil in the radiator and I have checked the head gasket matter fact I replaced it with a new one and there still is oil In the radiator may I ask what could be another reason for oil to ...
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sludge in radiator after shaving head 2005 Hyyndai Elantra manual transmission

Recently had head shaved and replaced (about ten days ago) and am now seeing a creamy cocoa colored sludge in radiator but no water in oil. What could be the cause?
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Kia Sportage 2002 radiator loss of water with no overheat or water leakage

I'm having a problem with my kia sportage 2002. My radiator is losing too much water. I topped it in the evening with 5 liters of fluid. In the next evening it was empty after driving about 20 ...
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Coolant overflows into overflow when accelerating, but completely empties when car cools

My VW Polo's coolant overflows out of the expansion tank. It's like there is too much pressure, causing the coolant to boil out of the tank, yet the temperature is normal. The fan always kicks in, ...
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2004 Ford Escape Reserve Coolant mixed with oil

I have been using my 2004 ford escape 4x4 v6 for nearly 7 years now since my dad gave it to me. I am not a very technical guy when it comes to car maintenance but I see to it that it is always tuned-...
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Radiator Coolant Leak

I have found heavy leak of engine oil into the radiator of my 1996 Mercedes Benz (odometer 150000 mile). The workshop found the oil cooler pump damaged but we could not find a new one in the area. He ...
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White smoke is coming from my engine. how do i find out what it is?

I own a 92 chevy lumina, when i drive or let it run for a little bit it will smoke from underneath the upper radiator hose. it is not the actual radiator hose as i changed it thinking it was that. ...
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oily sludge in coolant reservoir

I have Chev Cruze 2010. There was a heatup and I noticed thick creamy sludge overflowing from the coolant reservoir lid. Mechanic diagnosed issue with engine oil coolant and repaired it. Later he also ...
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What causes mud in my radiator?

Ive changed my oil about one month ago but just recently my check oil light has started coming on and I started losing my heat. I thought I might just have low antifreeze but when I opened my radiator ...
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Engine temperature increases when idling though thermo fan is working

I am trying to diagnose an issue with my Mk1 Golf. The engine heats up when the car is idling or in traffic but cools down almost instantly when I start moving again. I would presume this is the ...
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2001 Chevy Astro- oil in the radiator

I have a 2001 Chevy Astro Van. Yesterday the radiator starting spewing a thick, black substance out the side of it. It looks like old oil. I had the oil changed 1 1/2 weeks ago. The oil on the ...
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Why is there no pressure in my 06 Chevy Impala…?

Boy, what a day I had. Roads were real slippery today in Texas and I skidded and lost control. Next thing you know, I'm in a ditch full of grass, dirt and rocks. I'm still amazed at how little damage ...
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2000 Dodge Ram 8 cyl Doesn't want to run, Have to keep foot on the gas [closed]

Today, went to leave and my truck would not start. It is not the Battery. When checking all my fluids noticed I needed water. Pour water in radiator and it all came out under the motor area.
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radiator grill fins bent

I have a over heating problem. I have replaced the water pump, thermostat, upper radiator hose and the coolant temperature sensor. They were all in need of replacement, but my car still over heats ...
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Empty Radiator with no leaks

I have a 1998 Ford Ranger 4 cycl. and 8 spark plugs which all the water was gone in the radiator with no leaks to be found...What would cause water to totally evaporate from radiator without any leaks ...
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My radiator fan keeps on right after shutting off the car (Hyundai Accent 2002 GL 1.6)

My car radiator fan keeps on working right after shutting down my car, which is strange and never happened before. I suspected the temperature sensor, but through the OBD II kit, I am able to read ...
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95 geo metro 1.0L pushing coolant out of overflow

I have a 95 geo metro. Car runs good and has normal power. When car is idling it runs fine with no overheating or coolant being pushed out of the overflow. I was told to replace the water pump, ...
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2003 Acura TLS running hotter than usual

I'm having some concerns with my car's engine temperature. Last weekend after being stopped at an intersection, the engine temperature went up higher than usual, about 75% of the way to the red line. ...
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2003 Toyota Corolla 1.8 petrol, using coolant but not leaking

Vehicle: Toyota Corolla 2003 1.8E petrol. Issue: the vehicle is consuming a great deal of water and requires topping up every day. There does not appear to be any leakage from the coolant system. ...
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I have a 1996 Mercedes e320 I constantly have to put coolant in the reservoir coolant levels always low [duplicate]

My Mercedes e320 has 186,000 miles on it. it is a 1996, I just purchased the vehicle so I do not know the history. every 15 or 20 miles or so, engine coolant level light comes on and I have to put ...