Questions tagged [radiator]

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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Consequences of coolant phase change in radiator

Im a Freshman at my Institute in India. In the application form for the Institutes Formula Student Team, I came across these 2 questions, which I'm stumped by. Ive searched for the answers but cannot ...
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Coolant Bubbling in Radiator with Cap off

On my 2001 LS430, I was a having a very slow leak from the radiator drain plug, so I went to a local mechanic to properly seal the plug. While he was checking out the issue. After the car reached the ...
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I have a 2015 Nissan Rogue my heater wasn't working so I changed my water pump and now I have oil in my radiator until this happened I had NO oil leak

I just changed the water pump in my Nissan Rogue because my heater wasn't working and now I have oil in my radiator but no anti freeze in my oil what could be causing it? My car didn't leak oil until ...
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My radiator doesn't empty completely, so after drain and refill, I know there is some radiator flush left in the system. is this bad?

I have a motorhome with anFord F53 chassis and v-10 engine. The radiator system is listed as 30.9 quarts capacity. when I drain I only get about 10 quarts. I added 44 oz of radiator flush and drain/...
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Should I accept this help in fixing a 1" hole in my radiator?

My car broke down, in a cloud of steam, and I found a hole on the top edge of my radiator, about the dimensions of a vending machine slot for quarters. A co-worker offered to help, bringing a 2" ...
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0.9 or 1.1 which is suitable for CBR250RR MC22

I have a CBR250RR MC22 old model gullarm bike, I recently faced issues with overheating of the faulty cap, but some people suggest changing 1.1 and some 0.9 radiator cap, I would like to know the ...
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Any idea where the leak is coming from?

I have a 98 nissan skyline and its leaking water. 80% sure it is cause no particular smell and it doesnt have any texture but water and its not dark coloured or any colour really, maybe a tinge of ...
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Difficulty removing car radiator in 2001 manual 1.4l petrol Toyota Corolla

I'm trying to remove the radiator from my 2001 Toyota Corolla in order to provide access to the lower radiator hose (which is to be replaced). At present, the radiator readily rocks forwards and ...
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2004 Nissan Sentra white smoke from engine then radiator busts

I just got 2004 Nissan Sentra had been setting up for about year now. I was told at the time only thing that could be wrong with it was the cam shaft position sensor, and possibly the catalytic ...
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how to check car for impending failures? [closed]

My kia Sorento 2007 failed on me multiple times. Each time disabling the car and putting the driver in danger harmonic balancer alternator radiator and water pump in each of those failures, I had ...
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Lifespan of radiator hoses and serpentine belts

I've seen estimates as low as 4 years/60,000 miles (from places like NAPA, who obviously want people to replace their belts and hoses all of the time) to 7 years (from an anonymous Gates engineer), to ...
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My 2004 Chevy impala is overheating how can you help me?

My Chevy impala 2004 I love and is a good car when I drive my car it overheats till I cut on the AC and it would go in the middle again I'm trying to figure out what it is before I spend more money on ...
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Radiator not fully draining on Kia Sorento

I have a 2012 Kia Sorento SX AWD (that's the 3.5l V6). I am following the instructions in the service manual for replacing the engine coolant, but when I unscrew the radiator drain plug I only get ...
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2006 Toyota Camry radiator issue

By no means am I a vehicle mechanic, but I've learned a lot from dealing with my old '06 Camry. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this appears to be the valve of the radiator that is not fully sealed, ...
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Car overheating + new thermostat

My Renault 25 has been having cooling problems for several weeks now, yet i cannot figue out the problem. It has a new thermostat and water pump. Without thermostat, I cannot install a gasket so it ...
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Plenum in air intake system of automobiles

What is a plenum? What role does it play in the air intake system of cars?Do naturally aspirated engines use plenum?
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Why does my radiator attract wasps/yellowjackets?

I am noticing a strange phenomenon on my motorcycle radiator: when parked, nearby yellowjackets flock to it and seem to get quite aggressive. I've actually noticed one of them stinging the radiator! I'...
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06 Ford Focus Automatic chugging in hot weather, showing below minimum coolant. add water, or risk the drive?

I have a 2006 Ford Focus Automatic which is chugging in hot weather and seems to lose some power. I'm hoping, but I am in no way mechanically minded(!), that because it is showing below minimum ...
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Losing coolant daily, but not overheating

I drive a BMW Z4 2003 with 93k miles and I noticed for the first time the other day the coolant fill up light go on when I was driving. I checked the coolant level and it was bone dry. so I filled it ...
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2004 Suzuki Aerio running hot

I just put in a new radiator, new cap, new hoses. My hoses are swelling. And when then cap is off the radiator if foams. The car is not overheating. Also the overfill hose is pushing out air. But ...
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My Solara 2005 showing hot steam coming under hood

I have been smelling something strange over a week and now catch it https://youtu.be/0tv9vBT_oKU It is shooting hot steam and I believe one time I saw a little bit red fire coming out from the right ...
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Is this shop trying to take me? [closed]

hi hello greetings and salutations, oh... and HOWDY, yawl. Just acquired me a used and mysterious 1998 5.4 v8 ford van. I didn't know much about it other than it was runnin ok, I guess. Took her to ...
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Hows come upper radiator hose is so hot? [closed]

I'm bubba. I got a 5.4 v8 ford van from 1998. I just replaced a cracked radiator on it. But now, I swear my upper radiator hose is hotter than it outta be. My odb-ii computer scanner says the ...
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Unexpected explosion of coolant after new radiator install

I just slapped a new radiator into my 5.4 1998 ford van. I followed the step by steps. Once the new one was in there I was to understand that you just refill the reservoir, then turn on the van and ...
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Coolant confusion - What type of coolant to put in this thang?

Just slapped a new radiator in my trusty steed -- a ford e150 1998 with a 5.4 in it. I drained the old radiator slop out like your'e supposed to... but half the old stuff is still sittin in the ...
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Has a gasket caused my radiator to fail?

I have a cracked radiator that I plan to fix or replace. I am concerned, though. I did some rudimentary Google research and the general consensus is that I may potentially be replacing parts without ...
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Should the radiator fan operate while the car is moving?

I have noticed in my car that has an issue with overheating sometimes that even when Im driving 60KM/h+ that the radiator fan kicks at high speed. What I understand that when the car is on the move ...
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Overheating engine

Overheating engine. I Recently took my 1959 Ford Skyliner to a mechanic To fix transmission and engine leaks. In addition, the mechanic installed power brakes and changed my generator out for a 90 amp ...
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Will driving car without coolant cap do long term damage to car?

So this morning I did something stupid. I had checked the coolant in my car and it was fractionally below the min point, but still fluid in the tank. I poured in some water so it filled to between the ...
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Radiator cap build up

So I pulled the thermostat to see if that was bad and it was still good also checked my oil and it wasn’t milky but I pulled the radiator cap off and this was built up on it And I’m wondering what ...
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How can I fix a mixed coolant problem?

My husband noticed out coolant level was low and added in green on top of orange. He didn't know the coolants shouldn't mix. Now I'm worried that our car is ruined because of this. I know they can do ...
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Small amount of dim white smoke coming from engine compartment?

I recently found out that there was a crack in my radiator in my 2011 Nissan Maxima. I didn't have the money the day of to get it fixed so I drove home (8 miles away) but I would've never known ...
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Upper radiator hose smoking

Steam coming out of the hose where upper radiator hose connects to the radiator. Hose itself has no damage just seems to steam from where it connects to the radiator. Car overheating
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Radiator Hose was unattached!

so I have a 2015 Infiniti QX70 that I took in for its routine oil change (Infiniti dealership). Before they completed the job, they recommended I replace the top radiator hose, bottom hose, and some ...
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Was sent radiator for automatic rather than manual. Can I simply connect the two unneeded outlets with a piece of radiator hose?

Radiators for the automatic version of my car have a couple of extra coolant outlets at the bottom for cooling the auto transmission. I was sent the wrong radiator and I don't need these in my manual ...
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Ive just had a waterpump replaced on my 2014 tiguan a nd after1 hours drive it overheated

2014 vw tiguan, SUV, 2 litre petrol turbo, overheating, I've just had a waterpump replaced and after 1 to 2 hours drive it overheated, on short trips the two fans stay on for 1 to 2 minutes a after I ...
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Is this damage to radiator fins enough to be causing overheating?

Trying to diagnose issues with an overheating 1988 Honda Accord, I pulled the rad to flush it. The lower section has damaged fins as such, though the rad does not leak and holds water fine. It's not ...
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Sludge in the oil of a Subaru Forester

My Subaru Forester has 105k. For the past three years, I've had to add oil to it at an increasing rate. In the past few months, I've had to add a quart every week or two. I have recently found out ...
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Thermofans not staying on long enough?

I am working on a 1988 Honda Accord (2lt, injected, A-series engine) that has been sitting a while. I am getting an issue with it overheating (after about 20 mins idling). The thermofans kick on at ...
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Accidentally poured oil in car's radiator. Can I drive it or should I get it towed? [duplicate]

Somehow I managed to get engine oil instead of antifreeze in my car's radiator, about 50-60 ml maybe. It is a 2004 Fiat Panda which I don't plan keeping for more than a couple of years, so I do not ...
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Its -38 and car wont start

So I ran out of gas in -40°c we filled the tank and put in fuel line antifreeze, tried starting the car and it cranks but wont turn over so we had no choice but to leave it for 2 days due to the cold....
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Oil in power steering

If someone put oil in my radiator and in my power steering, how long before the car would overheat? I had an oil change on 11/19 and no one else has done anything to the car except put gas in the gas ...
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How long can I run radiator flush in my car?

My cooling system is quite nasty and needs a flush. I followed instructions on radiator flush, which said to run the car no more than an hour. However few tutorial videos online suggest running ...
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Do I need my system cooling fans running during the winter months?

I know I need it, but I’m going to get a new car in a couple of months, and I just really need something to get me to work and to school, which is only about 15 min drives. My car sounds the same, and ...
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Rubber pieces found in engine coolant

ISSUE: I found small pieces of rubber debris in the coolant. They are a little smaller than part of a fingernail clipping. The rubber hoses have flaking rubber when inspecting them on the inside. ...
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How to top off a radiator with a recovery tank?

How is the correct way to top off one's radiator when it has a recovery tank? In a radiator that has a recovery tank beside it (as described below), is it necessary to get most of the air out of the ...
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What's this loose o-ring in radiator neck?

2002 Toyota Corolla. Changed out the coolant on our friends car to find a beat up square rubber o-ring loose in the radiator neck. Photo below with it resting on the radiator. Please advise if this ...
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How can I tell if my radiator is bad?

I have a problem with overheating (1988 Honda Accord CA/LXi). I've replaced the water pump, radiator cap and thermostat, with no change. I've flushed the system and the coolant came out clean. There ...
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Are some engines produced without coolant overflow containers?

I bought a used mini excavator (Terex HR1.6). I followed the overflow hose from the radiator. It ends in free air – i.e. no overflow tank or valve or anything. I have the machine's manual, and I can'...
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New Radiator Fan Issues in my 2010 Ford Focus

I put a new fan in my Ford Focus the other day and the first day it didn't work so I took it to my mechanic and it's been working since he said he hasn't done anything so I'm not sure if that's true ...

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