Is Your Chevrolet Suburban Radiator Failing?

The Chevrolet Suburban goes back some years to 1936. It happens to be one of the longest-running models. At its inception, its primary purpose was commercial and rural use. However, the vehicle evolved into a vehicle suited for large families and cargo capacities. It now also has a third row and solid towing capacity. It is truly a capable full-size SUV that is getting a lot of respect. 

Chevrolet Suburban Safety and Driving Features

Any time an automaker configures its vehicle to make more room for passengers, safety has to be a major consideration. The Suburban gets an overall safety rating of four stars out of a possible five stars. For frontal crash, it rates a 4 out of 5. For side crash ratings, it rates a 5 out of 5. For rollover, it rates a 3 out of 5. These are sound number, and certainly fall within the scope of what consumers hope to find. 

It has all the standard safety features that today’s drivers expect. 

The Suburban comes with driver, passenger, rear, side head, and rear head airbags. Owners have their choice of either four-wheel disc or four-wheel drum brakes. Brake assist, electronic stability control, auto-on headlights, and night vision are additional features that add to passenger safety. 

Safety features mean a lot to families with children. Sometimes, it is the safety features that influence the final busying decision. Suburban drivers can navigate the roads with assurance their vehicle has the latest technology. All of the features mentioned help vehicles to perform their best. A vehicle’s radiator can also make an impact on overall performance.

Parts of a Radiator

A vehicle radiator is a thermal exchange device that transfers heat from one location to another. Liquid or steam circulates through exposed metal pipes. The radiator’s job in vehicles is to help cool the engine. While they vary in size, manufacturers basically all use the same material in their construction. Radiator Parts include rain plug, radiator mounts, filler neck, hose clamp, support cover, cap, radiator, and radiator water pump.

Every vehicle should have a dependable radiator. Otherwise, the engine could fail. When engine temperatures begin to rise, the radiator is there to help cool the engine. Here is what to consider before you purchase.

1. Consider the radiator’s construction. Aluminum is the most commonly used material today for radiators. 

2. Look for big tubing. Large, wide tubes in a radiator is a good thing. Wider tubes can maximize the coolant’s contact. Thus, the radiator can absorb more heat from the engine. 

3. Its thickness is a good determinant of how quickly the radiator can absorb heat. Look for radiators with the thinnest walls possible.

4. Look for good airflow. Radiators need adequate airflow to function properly. Air must be able to freely flow through its core. Engine experts recommend that people look for as many fins as possible. They reason that 15 fins at most is the best choice. 

5. Consider a radiator with an electric fan. Electric radiator fans may work best. The reason being is that other fans can eat up as much as 20 horsepower. Electric fans allow for better air movement within the radiator. This improves the chances of the radiator not overheating. 

6. Make sure the coolant is not restricted. Owners should use the right kind of coolant, and the coolant should flow freely without restriction if the vehicle is to operate at its optimum level. 

Your cooling system would not be a cooling system if not for its radiator. Radiators have a simple design. As such, they last for years without needing much maintenance. However, they do fail. There are signs when failure is about to happen. When it does fail, the only remedy is to fix or replace it. 

Signs That Your Radiator is Going Bad:

Your radiator will overheat. This is never a good thing because its job is to help prevent the engine from overheating. A faulty radiator loses its capacity to cool. A failing radiator can cause a vehicle to lose acceleration power. A loss of engine power may also be a faulty radiator cap or a bad thermostat as well.

If the radiator’s coolant leaks, the engine will overheat. The radiator disperses heat and returns coolant to the engine. Check under the vehicle for signs of leaked coolant. The best way to assess a leak is to have your mechanic perform a pressure test. Your mechanic will use a special colored dye during the test.

Coolant is green or yellow. If the radiator’s coolant looks like rust it could be a sign of contamination. Sludge will form and render the radiator ineffective. Sludge never completely drains. Sludge will continue to prevent the radiator from cooling the engine. The best solution at this point is to replace the radiator.

At Chevrolet Parts Direct, we can help you find the radiator that is made for your Chevrolet suburban. Searching for the right parts can be frustrating at times. Our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable. They know vehicles inside and out and can help streamline the ordering process. We carry over a million dollars in inventory parts. We also stock parts for every GM model and make. We can also ship to any location in the United States. Customers know they will receive their product on time with each order they place with us.

Vehicle upkeep is not always an easy task. It is easy for many vehicle owners to lose track of regular maintenance activities. People forget about their transmission, maintaining engine belts and fuses, placing anti-freeze in their radiator, changing air filters, and changing engine oil. Neglecting these things can add up quickly. There are a lot of repairs that could have been avoided through proper maintenance. 

If your Chevrolet Suburban radiator shows signs of being on the brink, contact us today. When you take good care of your vehicle, it will always return the favor.