The radiator is a component on a motorcycle that functions as a cooling system for the engine. The radiator releases the heat generated from the engine to be discharged into the outside air. The main material is aluminum, which consists of many aluminum pipes accompanied by cooling fins. What are the signs if this component has a problem?
There are two types of radiators, namely air cooling systems and liquid cooling systems. The components of the liquid cooling system consist of a radiator, radiator cap, reservoir, radiator fan, radiator hose, water pump, thermostat, and coolant.
“Radiators have an important function to maintain optimal motor performance, but are often overlooked by consumers. Therefore, we want to provide an explanation about radiators in order to avoid problems and anticipate the steps we provide,” said Muslian, After Sales Manager Main Dealer Yamaha PT Thamrin Brothers in an official statement.
Signs of a problematic radiator:
1. The radiator fin was damaged by hitting rocks and gravel so that the coolant path was blocked.
2. The thermostat is not working.
3. Radiator cap pressure is weak.
4. The radiator line is clogged, due to rust or damage to the cooling system components.
5. Radiator hose is brittle and cracked so that it leaks.
6. The radiator fan is not working.
If this happens, the engine can overheat, which is indicated by the engine temperature indicator that is on. This happens because the radiator water does not circulate properly or the radiator water decreases and even overflows the reservoir tube (reserve).
Radiator inspection steps:
1. Check the condition of the radiator fins. If it is dirty, clean it immediately.
2. Check the radiator water level in the reservoir tank (reserve), add if it is not enough. Do not use mineral water, always use the recommended coolant.
3. Check the radiator hoses and lines for leaks.
4. Check the condition of the radiator water, change color or not.
5. Check the condition of the radiator cap, it is tight, there is a leak, deformed (dented) or not.
If there is a problem when checking the radiator, immediately visit the nearest authorized repair shop. Drain the radiator water every 12,000 km or 12 months, or according to the owner’s manual.
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