If engine oil ends up in the radiator, it usually is due to a cracked head or blown head gasket. If the crack is adjacent to the oil pump, the resultant pressure can blow either the radiator or a cooling hose.Continue Reading
To fix an oil problem in the radiator, first pull off the cylinder head and review it. If the issue is a bad head gasket, the part needs to be replaced, according to the Car Talk website. If the head does not feature any cracks, the next place to look is the block.
According to Eric the Car Guy, a blown head gasket denotes that the combustion system is leaking oil into the cooling chamber of the car. Head gasket failure is often the most frequent reason for such a leak. Another possibility is that a leaking intake gasket is causing an oil problem.
Eric the Car Guy notes that seeing white smoke coming out of the tail pipe when the temperature is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit is a strong indicator that a combustion leak is affecting the car's cooling system. A leak-down test can determine whether a combustion leak is a problem. To conduct the test, direct compressed air into the cylinder. Look for leaks. Bubbles featured in a radiator after the pressurization of a cylinder can also be proof of a combustion leak.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
Some symptoms of a clogged radiator are overheating of the engine, a temperature gauge that register a high reading on hot days and when an air conditioner is on, and higher than usual coolant consumption. The causes of a clogged radiator are debris, corrosion and an internal buildup of deposit that lead to a decreased amount of coolant flowing through the radiator.Full Answer >
The purpose of a car water pump is to push coolant through the car's engine block, radiator and hoses to get the engine heat away from the system. Most frequently, the water pump drives off the crankshaft pulley or the crankshaft itself. The coolant that gathers between the impeller blades travels outward using centrifugal force, and suction draws the coolant into the water pump from the radiator.Full Answer >
When a car radiator leaks it loses coolant, and the engine can overheat. Overheating can lead to severe engine damage or even failure. Although the damage is unpredictable, a common component damaged by overheating is the head gasket, which can crack in extreme heat.Full Answer >
To flush your coolant system, drain the coolant, add a flush solution, let the engine heat up and then cool down, drain the radiator flush solution, and replace the coolant. Remember to dispose of the old coolant in a proper manner, as it is fatal to pets.Full Answer >