Vehicles are a concert of different components functioning in harmony that boggles the mind. There is a complex engineering in every vehicle allowing thousands of parts to work together to move you down the highway. Vehicles have come a long way since Henry Ford put his first Model T on the road! Today, vehicles are equipped with state of the art data modules and controllers that monitor and adjust various fuel, air and coolant conditions. There are numerous sensors and chips that regulate everything from battery power to wheel and road adhesion, braking and steering.
The Radiator is Only the Tip of the Iceberg
The radiator of a vehicle is really only a cooling reservoir for the cooling system. It is normally situated at the front of the vehicle to accept outside air to flow through it while the vehicle is in motion and through the use of a thermostat mounted on the cooling inlet of the engine, allows the correct amount of coolant to flow through the engine maintaining a normal operating temperature. If any portion of the cooling system becomes damaged, coolant will leak and cause the system to malfunction, thereby causing the engine to overheat. Broken, worn or cracked hoses and belts are usually the most common areas of concern in a cooling system.
Cooling by Oil
The radiator and all its buddies are not the only cooling the engine requires. Motor oil in the engine keeps the internal parts such as pistons and valves lubricated during operation. Any point of the engine that has lubrication or coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid or power steering fluid flowing through it is a potential problem causer. Have your vehicle checked regularly and perform a periodic coolant flush to assure smooth and cool operation!