How does a radiator work in a car?

My car is in the shop right now getting the radiator replaced. I’m curious, how does a car radiator work?

A car’s radiator is a type of heat exchanger that cools the engine’s coolant and is a central component of the vehicle’s cooling system.
When the coolant in your car gets too hot and can’t cool the engine, a thermostat opens and the coolant flows to the radiator to be cooled. The radiator works by pumping coolant through aluminum tubes and releasing the heat to the outside air.
There is enough natural airflow through the radiator when the vehicle is moving to cool the coolant, but a fan will help pass air through the radiator if you’re idling.
The radiator is just one part of your car’s cooling system. But without a functioning radiator, your engine will overheat. To ensure your radiator and cooling system is working well, you should have it looked at as part of your basic car maintenance schedule.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Nov 24, 2021

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