Common Radiator FAQ’s
To run, an engine needs to burn fuel. This naturally produces an immense amount of heat. So, the engine needs to be cooled as much as possible so that the pistons do not break down and destroy the entire system. These steps are involved in cooling an engine:
- First, the coolant in the engine is passed through the tubes inside the radiator. Heat absorbed from the engine is dissipated into the atmosphere before the coolant returns to the engine.
- Next, coolant enters pipes in an overheated state, it becomes highly pressurized, and the radiator cap opens at a predetermined pressure point.
- Then, it releases the heat and allows excess coolant to escape into an overflow tank at the side of the radiator.
- Last, the coolant is returned to the radiator once the temperature has been lowered to a safe state.
Slight variations to the standard radiator and cooling system can be seen from model to model, but this is the general process for most car systems.