Keep Your Radiator Protected

When the typical consumer purchases a new vehicle the radiator has been filled with the manufacturer’s recommended coolant/antifreeze. Each engine has an optimal temperature range that the cooling system tries to maintain. However, engines are often exposed to variable temperature extremes, both hot and cold. For instance, if your vehicle operates in the desert it will be susceptible to much higher operating temperatures than the typical engine’s optimal temperature range. The converse is true if your engine is operating in much colder temperature conditions. So, you can see that there is a big difference between operating your vehicle in Arizona than in Alaska. Coolants should be formulated to your engine’s individual operating environment and should protect your engine from overheating in Arizona and protect against freezing in Alaska.

Both extremes, over time, can cause severe damage to engine components. Damage can include gasket cracking and leaking, radiator corrosion, coolant loss, and even cracked engine blocks. The bottom line here is to see, and believe, that your coolant system is vital to you vehicle’s engine health.

Basically, there are only three products that enter your engine’s cooling system via the capped fill opening. First, and foremost, is the recommended coolant. With consistent checking and maintenance of the coolant levels in newer vehicles this is probably the only product you will use. However, like humans, vehicles and vehicle systems are subject to an aging process. Over time, corrosion will begin in various engine components. This corrosion may cause minor radiator coolant leakage that could eventually create a significant hole in the radiator itself.

As your vehicle ages, a radiator additive, such as Radiator Anti-Corrosion Additive that reduces corrosion in the coolant system, may be introduced through the capped fill opening. This additive will help to reduce corrosion over time. Left unmonitored minor leakage will occur.

When minor radiator leakage is observed a product such as “Stop Leak” may be introduce to the coolant system. This product is distributed through the system and will fill minor areas of radiator coolant leakage. This “fix” may not be a total solution to the problem. Eventually, the radiator will need to be replaced.

West Penn produces all of the products that your vehicle’s coolant system may require. Our recommend solutions to your requirements are available NOW. Just contact us.

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