Posts Tagged ‘radiator coolant’

Radiator Sealant Video: Friend or Foe?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Welcome back, readers and video watchers!

I have a simple question for you: What are friends for? Giving you good advice for one thing, but if your friends suggest using Radiator sealant, run the other way! This is a very short (and angry) video but if you’ve ever thought about using a radiator sealant, you should pay attention to it. Seeing what sealant did to this radiator should stop you dead in your tracks. Why would you consider using this kind of product when the dangers of using a radiator sealant far outweigh the benefits?

I suppose that a sealant could sound appealing if you have a radiator, block or cylinder head leak and you want to delay a radiator repair, or buying a used radiator or a new radiator to handle the problem. At a time like this, a sealant has just the kind of properties that you think you need. When you apply a sealant, it changes state and becomes hard, plugging up the nasty little crack or leak that is making your life miserable.

In other words, it closes that small opening and stops the radiator coolant leak, which meets your immediate goal. The problem comes when the sealant does more than you bargained for and works its ways through your radiator, resulting in the kind of completely clogged radiator that you see in this video. Sealant can even make its way to your heater core and ruin your auto’s heating system. Yes, it seals that leak, but it can do a lot of other damage, too, as this video graphically illustrates.

The bottom line? Unless you want your radiator clogged for good, pull out that leaky radiator and get it replaced or repaired the right way. With the lowest cost radiators on the market and a lifetime guarantee, a visit to can prove to be far more cost effective than this foolish, temporary solution.

- Susie

Basic Car Care & Maintenance

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Welcome back to the video reviews,

This week, basic car care and maintenance. If you were like me, you were indoctrinated into a fear of hot things under the car hood from an early age. With me, it followed an innocent question about why somebody’s car was pulled off to the side of the road with flames shooting out from the hood. My father mumbled something about how he hoped that the fool didn’t try to open the hood when it was so hot. So, this video reminder that I should use a towel or glove to remove the radiator cap – and ONLY after things were cooled down and I had done a touch-check of the hoses – was fine with me. And although we have all heard that warning, and it is printed right on the radiator cap, I didn’t mind hearing it again.

However, from the female point of view, what I liked best in this video is that I can now walk into an auto shop and buy coolant without looking like a fool. Neither my mother, nor my father thought that it was important for me to know that coolant comes in both diluted or non-diluted solutions before I moved out of the house. I guess they just didn’t think it was a critical piece of life information. Unfortunately, I was taught how to check coolant level so I was one of those “little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing” people. I’ve made auto supplies purchases many times based on the teensy-weensy bit of auto knowledge that I have picked up along the way. Sometimes, I actually pull off a purchase without looking dumb. At least I can now feel confident in one more auto products aisle – radiator coolant.

And by the way, based on this video, give me a good 50-50 radiator coolant any day. It suits my lifestyle. I have no idea if it suites yours, but thanks to this video we can both understand the choice!


How a radiator works

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Lately, my boyfriend has been calling me the “Radiator Queen.” It’s not because I harbor some girlhood fantasy about working under a hood with the guys. In fact, until recently I had about as much interest in radiators as my guy had in making duck breast in morel mushroom sauce.

Then, Jeff Wong came along. I met Jeff on a video here at the site following a little lover’s tiff after dinner when I found out how much my man paid to get his radiator flushed at a dealership downtown. Beaucoup bucks, as a matter of fact. It was all in fun but I got carried away and reminded him that he’s a “guy” and should be able to take care of his car by himself. He replied that I probably couldn’t even open the hood on my car. He was right, but I denied it – adamantly! In my ignorance, I threw toilet flushing into the mix. I mean, how difficult could it be to flush a radiator? Isn’t there a little handle somewhere under the hood that you can pull down to get the job done?

I thought about quitting while I was ahead, but I didn’t. He grinned and did a double-dog-dare that I couldn’t open the hood of my car and check the coolant in the radiator all by myself. He promised that if I could do that, he would learn to cook me dinner. ”Duck?” I asked, sweetly. “Whatever,” he snorted back. “With morel mushroom sauce?” I said confidently as I pictured that little flush handle hiding somewhere under the hood and pointing the way to the radiator. He changed the television channel and was off on The Great Race before we got any further.

Fast-forward to the following day at 5:15 p.m. The love of my life pulls into the driveway where I am standing between my car and a champagne bucket. The hood is propped safely open and I am wearing my spiked heels as I alternately sip and work. The look on his face is priceless, expect that this isn’t a charade. It is for real! I have memorized Jeff Wong’s patient, step-by-step directions for checking coolant in his 3 minute video, “Basic Car Care and maintenance.” I hear his voice in my head and I grow confident: “Pay attention to the warning on the radiator cap. Use a towel or wear a glove when you feel the hose because it could be full of hot coolant. We don’t want any of that hot nasty stuff squirting out and causing a serious burn, do we?” I flutter my eyelashes and grin.

My guy is speechless as I push down and turn the cap like an expert, finding that the fluid level is up to the top where it should be. I do the same thing with the reservoir container, which needed a little coolant added to raise the fluid level to midway between minimum and maximum. “I bought a 50-50 mix,” I say as I open the coolant and indicate that he can have a sip of my champagne. I wipe the dot of sweat from my dainty brow. “I prefer the pre-diluted coolant so I don’t need to mix it with water before I pour it in.”

The rest is history. With the $4.69 I spent on coolant, and the beaucoup bucks he spent on his dealership flush, he agrees to make good on the duck. Of course, it will be at Chez Emil next Friday, but he did make the reservation by himself, and I hear that the morel mushroom sauce there is fabulous!