Lately, almost everyone especially in the major towns already owns or is looking forward to owning a car for business or their own transport.
If you do or are planning to buy own, it's always important to know the basic mechanics of a car to avoid being stuck on the road for simple problems which you can solve.
Today, let's learn about a simple component which can help in ensuring your engine remains protected and cushion you from future expensive repairs; that is the radiator cap.
In a detailed Facebook post, car enthusiast and consultant Eric Wokabi, on his page Carnversations With Wokabi gives an explanation on the cap as quoted below;
"Did you know that this tiny lead going for around Ksh.500 bob is the cheapest and most overlooked part in your cooling system.
The next time you replace a radiator cap try and make sure you get a genuine one. Most of these generic caps are the main causes of overheating.
So what are the functions of the radiator cap?
1. A radiator cap keeps the cooling system pressurized and this raises the boiling point of the coolant. This protects your engine from "boil-offs" of the coolant.
2. It regulates pressure within the cooling system. When pressure almost reaches the Cap's limit, it's pressure spring allows some coolant to flow into the reservoir tank.
3. The cap has a vacuum valve that allows coolant to flow from the reservoir tank to the radiator during cool down.
I will list down several symptoms which will help you identify the radiator cap as the main culprit when it comes to overheating.
1.The number one symptom is an overflowing reservoir.
As coolant/ Water goes into the reservoir tank as it expands. The radiator cap releases the extra pressure by sending some coolant into the overflow tank.
If you have a faulty radiator cap, the coolant gets released too quickly and causes the reservoir to overflow.
2. Collapsing of the radiator hoses or pipes.
If the vacuum within the cooling system is not released properly by the radiator cap, it will make the radiator hose collapse during the cooling down phase.
3. The radiator hose bursting. This is as a result of the pressure withing the cooling system not being released adequately.
4. Leaking coolant on the radiator cap neck. This will happen if the seals on the cap are worn out.
So the next time you observe the temperature gauge on your vehicle going above half, the radiator cap should be the first component of the cooling system that you should check."
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