Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
How much liquid can be put in the Chevrolet S10 radiator?
Answer: The total volume of liquid that can be put in the Chevrolet S10 radiator is about 4 quarts. Adding antifreeze to the cooling system is recommended when driving under cold weather. As much as it may sound practical to pour in 4 quarts of antifreeze to ensure that the Chevrolet radiator doesn't stop working, doing this lessens the protection the add-on gives. It is always recommended that a 50/50 mixture with water is used for such weather. At the most, 69% of antifreeze can still do the job to protect the car for intense cold weather.
Other than the Chevrolet S10 radiator, can other parts in the engine compartment be a cause for overheating?
Answer: A thermostat giving a wrong reading could be misdiagnosed as an overheating engine. Hoses from the radiator to the engine may also contain leaks and holes that should be plugged as soon as possible. The fan shroud and fan clutch can also play a factor in overheating. For water to smoothly flow in the system, the water pump should always be in good condition. Even problems or unusual behavior of the engine can be a cause for overheating.
What are some of the temporary fixes that can be done on a broken or leaking Chevrolet S10 radiator?
Answer: There are some ingenious ways of giving the Chevrolet S10 a short term repair. Some even use items found in the kitchen, and not in the garage. These kitchen ingredients, when poured in the radiator system, are forced to the damaged area due to the high pressure in the leak. An egg or two will do a decent job of plugging the radiator's hole. The raw egg gets cooked and seals the area. Pepper, paprika, cornmeal, or mustard seeds can also be used as these become rock-solid enough to be stoppers. There are also a few hardware products that can do the job: cold weld epoxy, leak repair kits, and duct tape. Note that all of these are temporary fixes that will only be able to support the Chevrolet S10 radiator until the truck is brought to a shop.