There are three annoying things in an automobile. Among them is a flat tire, empty tank and a faulty radiator that keeps on overheating. Well, a flat tire can be solved by having a spare tire and for fuel, you can always find a petrol station or have extra fuel in a container. What becomes a real problem is when the radiator starts messing up your trip when you are far from a service and repair shop. You don’t have to be an automobile engineer or mechanic, you only need a few tips to get the radiator fixed and you will be on your way within a few minutes.
The Gum Trick
Who knew the gum your teacher threw you out of the class for chewing could actually save you when driving. If your car keeps overheating because of a faulty radiator, the most probable reason is a leak. The first step towards fixing this problem is finding the leak. After you locate it you will then need to chew the gum until it is soft then place it on the leak, refill the radiator and drive to the closes service shop. Note that the gum will only work well if the leak is not on a super hot area or an area with high pressure.
Black pepper will not only spice up your food, it will also save you a great deal of hassle and time when your radiator is leaking. If the leak is in the radiator and not the hoses, you can throw in a small amount of pepper, about the same amount you use on your food. Since the pepper will not dissolve in the water , the pressure will direct it towards the holes the water is leaking from and this is how it will become a sealant.
There is a product sold at many auto service stores that you can use in sealing the leaks. The sealant will work the same way as the other methods above but it will have better results. The product comes with instructions which you should read before using it on your radiator. The common step in all the methods is first identifying the location of the leak finding the best way to deal with it.
As you know, the radiator is always hot especially if you have been driving for a while and this means that you should first check whether it is too hot to touch, this is after you turn off the engine. After some time remove the cap and find the lea