How to Stop Radiator Leaks


The radiator is one of the most important parts of the automobile (mostly the four wheelers and heavy vehicles. The automobiles would consist of motors that are responsible for the location, the mechanical energy is being converted into the locomotion of the vehicle using different conveyors, and hence naturally heat is bound to be produced. This heat is needed to be maintained below a level for the proper functioning of the vehicle. Hence the radiators are very critical; any type of leak in the radiator would lead to overheating of the engine which in turn leads to severe damage to the vehicle. Hence these leakages should be identified quickly and repaired.

The two important things used to repair the leak in the radiator are ground black pepper and duct tape. The initial step is to locate the hole, if it is happened to be in the hose region, then tape it using the duct tape, this can end the leakage problem for around one week, then it can be replaced or repaired on.

If you happen to find the leak in the heart of the radiator then add the black ground pepper in it by adding water by removing the cap of the radiator, it would swell around the hole and fix it. Once finished close the radiator’s cap (by filling water to correct extent).

Have some additional pepper and water as it may needed more, but be careful that the radiator is cool while you open or else it will blow off. So if you suspect a hole in the radiator leading to leak. Stop the vehicle and allow it to cool then open it with full attention.

The above two types of fixing the hole are only for a temporary amount of time. Once you get to a mechanic tell him the things that you have done to stop the leak. The remaining things will be done by him. The best type of the sealing is the silver seal heavy duty, it inhibits the rust, nicely combines with the coolant and the hole is covered. This will provide permanent seal and would not clog the radiator. This is the best sealing technologies that are used to plug the seal. If you are not available with the black ground pepper then replace it with the egg. Always make yourself available with extra water to replace the wasted water in the radiator. Nowadays the cars have the indicators for leaking of water from the indicator, please make sure before any ride using that indicator that the radiator is fine. Once the leak or lower level of water is shown by the indicator re fill. If it continuously drops (the water level) then confirm the leakage and try to seal it.

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About the Author: Vincent Carreno is a cars enthusiast who loves all things about cars and the automotive technology. He is also the chief editor at a local magazine which shares new, exciting and informative articles about troubleshooting car problems.

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