We are an auto care company that performs radiator repair and maintenance. Your Volvo radiator may be in need of either repair or maintenance if you observe dropping coolant levels or visible leaking fluid. Discoloration and rust on your Volvo’s radiator and the adjacent engine components is a sure indicator that your radiator is leaking. You should have our mechanics give your radiator coolant flushes on a regular basis in order to prevent leakages. This is because if you do not have your radiator flushed regularly, the coolant will become sour and ultimately acidic and this will corrode the aluminum used to make your radiator and eventually cause leaks. Here is a checklist for Volvo radiator care and maintenance.
Temperature gauge reading hot
This is a dangerous sign that indicates your radiator is low on fluid or your thermostat is faulty. When your temperature gauge reads hot, you can try pulling over to somewhere safe and turn off your Volvo’s air conditioner and engine so as to decrease the stress on the engine. Try not to use the brakes, as this will add more heat and friction. You might get a warning light telling you that you need immediate maintenance, but if not, it could be that your radiator switch is faulty or you are low on coolant levels. Do not add water or coolant to your radiator when it is hot because doing so might cause a crack in the engine and ultimately a more costly issue. Instead, contact us to come and take a look at your radiator or drive into our auto care facility so that one of our skilled technicians can fix the problem.
You will know that your Volvo is overheating due to the blowing steam underneath your hood which may lead to fire. If you see flames, ensure that you are first a safe distance away from your vehicle and then call 911. You should do this right away because failure to do so could cause your engine to blow up. Never attempt to open the hood or the radiator cap when it is hot as the release of the pressure could lead to severe fluid and steam burns. Our qualified mechanics have the training to handle such issues which are otherwise dangerous to an amateur. On the other hand, if you notice rust or discoloration on your radiator, it could be a sign that there is a leak in your radiator or the hose leading to the coolant system. The fluid will stream out and land on hot engine parts causing a froth of discoloration that leads to rust.
Low coolant levels and coolant leaks
Having low coolant levels is dangerous to your Volvo’s radiator so if possible, keep coolant in your vehicle to have on hand. Moreover, if you notice a puddle of yellow, pink or bright green liquid under your vehicle, then it is probably a fluid leak. Coolant prevents your car from freezing during winter and from overheating during summer. We can fix such leaks and keep your Volvo running optimally. Whatever problem you are experiencing with your Volvo’s radiator, we can handle it.