Without the radiator, your coolant system is completely ineffective. That is because its primary function is to cool the coolant, which keeps your truck from overheating. When it fails, you could be stranded due to an overheated engine or even experience additional damage to your vehicle. If you notice any of these signs of imminent radiator replacement, contact your mechanic to schedule semi truck repair in Duncan, OK:
- Rust: Radiator rust is a sign of wear and tear. By the time it shows up, it indicates a long-term leak, which means coolant ends up on the road instead of in your engine. Rust also shows the age of a radiator and can be a good indication that it needs replacement, even if you do not notice any leaks.
- Low pressure: Radiators maintain a constant pressure of 10 to 12 PSI. This allows it to hold coolant as it reduces its temperature and pump the coolant back to the engine. Loss of pressure shows the likelihood of failed functioning in the future that could lead you with a roadside maintenance issue. This is one of the first signs that it is time for a mechanic to look at your coolant system, and acting early on this symptom can prevent future inconvenience.
- Dropped coolant levels: If your truck has a slow coolant leak, you may not always notice it. Not all leaks turn into noticeable puddles on the road or a truck stop parking lot. However, if you are finding you need to top off the coolant pretty frequently, or that the levels remain consistently low despite your efforts, either your radiator or hose system is leaking it. However, there can be an easy fix here, too. Tightening your hoses and connections can often stop this problem.
- Leaks: Other leaks are very obvious. You may find a puddle under your truck, or even hear coolant leaking when you’re parked. Any obvious leaks demand immediate attention, as they can cause damage to other parts of the car, as well as your coolant system.
- Overheating: If your semi truck overheats even in reasonable temperatures, you most definitely have a radiator problem. This can also be true if a truck that never overheated before has instances of temperatures rising as you drive through mountainous territory or heavy traffic.
You can prevent or at least delay radiator failure by replacing the coolant regularly and ensuring the hoses remain in good repair. Also check for bent hoses or even clogs, as coolant never making it to a radiator can cause it to wear out faster. You may also wish to speak to your mechanic about using the correct type of coolant to maintain proper engine temperature.
Heavy Truck & Trailer Parts offers semi truck repair in Duncan, OK, including those needed by your radiator and the rest of your coolant system. Give us a call today to arrange for a coolant system inspection. We can diagnose any problems with your coolant system and ultimately complete the repairs, allowing your semi truck to function safely and reliably going forward.