Ordinary radiator leaks are simple to identify because will spray, drip or weep coolant. Coolant loss can cause overheating and increased damage to other parts of the car auto part if the leak isn't fixed. A small radiator leak fix can usually be repaired by leak inhibiting additives; however, it's a temporary fix. Radiator professionals often suggest using a sealer for preventative maintenance and for radiator leak repair or radiator leak stop. Some leak inhibitors may actually cause radiator clogging by forming deposits in the cooling system. This is typical when a radiator leak inhibitor is used excessively.
A radiator leaking caused by internal corrosion may be found almost anywhere on a radiator. The most at risk points are usually the seams and where the headers and tubes are joined. There are many underlying causes to radiator leaks. Cooling system neglect, solder bloom - a type of internal corrosion and puncture leaks. Each can form when neglected coolant, rust and some types of leak inhibitor additives react with the soldered joints in a copper/brass radiator. Once the flow of coolant is restricted, a radiator leak fix will require recoring or replacement.
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