Understanding How to Fix Your Leaking Radiator

Understanding How to Fix Your Leaking Radiator

In vehicles, radiators are a vital part as they control engine temperature. It is a heat exchanger inside which a liquid refrigerant flows, which absorbs the engine’s thermal energy. It has been observed that this coolant usually leaks from the radiator.

It is very annoying to notice a wet spot on the floor where the radiator or pipes are leaking.

Determine the source of these leaks and then repair them or replace the damaged component to prevent further damage to carpets and flooring. Before you try to stop a leak, you need to know exactly where the water is coming from, as it may not be where you expect it to be. Blot any wet areas, then use a tissue to pinpoint the exact source of the leak.

Leaks can occur in old and new heating systems that have not been thoroughly flushed before installation. Old sludge or corrosive residue from the installation remains inside the radiator, causing the metal to rust, eventually creating small holes and causing leaks.

The original debris that caused problems will continue to circulate in the heating system and could potentially cause new problems and significant damage. A trained technician will need to flush the radiators to fix the problem and then apply a sealant to prevent future leaks. In new heating systems, it is not recommended to try to use only sealant without thoroughly flushing the system.

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Another solution to this problem, especially if it is an old radiator, is to remove the radiator and install a new one, be sure to flush the system thoroughly before installing. If the leak is from a valve that connects to a pipe, you may need to repair the gasket. Before attempting this, it will be necessary to drain the system completely and then redo the connection, making sure there is a seal when the nut is tightened.

However, suppose the leak is from a valve on the other side of the radiator. You must close both valves and drain the radiator completely, then use tape to seal the threaded connections around the connections before reassembly of the radiator stop leak.

Thread sealing tape can be used as a suitable solution for several different types of leaks. Another leak it can be used for is spindle leaks. If you leak the spindle, remove the nut, put thread sealing tape on the spindle and replace the nut.


Another solution for many leaks is to tighten the nut, which may have loosened a bit and released a  small amount of water, but it is important not to overtighten, or you will damage the gasket.

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