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April 7, 2023

Don’t Let Your Engine Overheat!

A vehicle’s radiator plays a significant role in your cooling system because it eliminates heat from the engine by keeping the engine coolant at the appropriate level. As the coolant circulates throughout the engine, it keeps engine components from overheating. During the process, the coolant passes over the cooling fins of the radiator and through its hoses.

However, like many other vehicle parts, the radiator takes a beating each time you hit the road. It takes an incredible pounding as it allows your engine to run at extremely high revolutions for extended periods. For this reason, it’s best to ensure your cooling system stays in tip-top shape. Otherwise, it won’t be able to handle the heat output.


Don’t Know Why Your Radiator Is Leaking?

Is your temperature warning light illuminating? Is steam coming from under the hood? You’re probably dealing with a leaking radiator. If left unaddressed, a leaking radiator will eventually cause your engine to overheat, damaging your engine gaskets, thermostat, and other parts of your cooling system. Veteran Car Donations has pulled together the following possible reasons why your radiator is leaking:

  1. Your radiator cap is broken.

Your radiator cap withholds steam generated inside the radiator by creating a tight seal. Since a broken cap allows the steam to escape, the water level inside the radiator decreases. In addition, coolant hoses will begin to form slow leaks until your engine overheats. You can avoid this scenario by replacing your defective cap.

  1. You have a blown head gasket.

A blown head gasket causes the coolant to leak into your car’s crankcase. As oil, fuel, and radiator water mix, your oil system, spark plugs, and other engine components suffer damage. If left unaddressed, a blown head gasket can lead to overheating, short circuits in fuses, and complete engine failure. You’ll need to call a trusted mechanic if your engine frequently backfires or your oil becomes discolored the next time you check it.

  1. You have an aging radiator.

The constant heat and pressure from your engine will eventually cause your radiator to age and wear out. In addition, an aging radiator collects sludge that causes rust and corrosion. As the radiator starts to corrode, cracks may develop until it leaks the coolant. You need to have your mechanic fix the leaks if you don’t want to see pools of green liquid forming under your parked car.

  1. You have cracked radiator hoses.

Your engine has two radiator hoses — an inlet hose, which takes the hot engine coolant from the engine and transports it to the radiator, and an outlet hose, which transports the engine coolant from the radiator to the engine. Although these hoses are made from reinforced synthetic rubber that can withstand temperatures up to 104°F, constant exposure to dirt and chemicals can cause them to become brittle and crack, leading to leaks. To avoid this problem, you should have your car checked by your mechanic for signs of cracked or frayed hoses.


Tired of Maintaining an Old Car?

If no amount of repairs can bring your old car back to its former glory, perhaps it’s time to let it go. Consider giving it a fitting retirement by donating it to us at Veteran Car Donations. We’ll give your vehicle a new and worthy purpose by using it to improve the living conditions of the struggling disadvantaged veterans in your local community.

Our team will have your car auctioned off, with the proceeds going to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. Like us, these IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping veterans who are living miserable lives due to homelessness and poverty, those who are unable to find decent jobs, and those suffering from service-connected disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental health conditions.

Our nonprofit partners use the funding they get from us to provide their beneficiaries with housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits all meant to raise their standard of living.

To show you our gratitude for your charitable contribution, we’ll send you by mail the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your car within days after its sale. This will entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction based on your vehicle’s selling price or value.

We’ll also be hauling your vehicle away without charging you a single dollar. We offer this free towing service to our donors in all parts of the country, which means we can collect your vehicle wherever you had it parked or stored within the United States.

Best of all, you’ll experience the great joy and satisfaction of knowing that you’re doing something that can transform the lives of the suffering veterans in your area.

We accept almost all types of vehicles, including those that are damaged and no longer running.

For more information regarding our donation program, including our quick and hassle-free donation process, head over to our FAQs page. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822. You may also leave us a message here.


Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Hurting Heroes Today!

Let’s work together to make life better for our country’s hurting heroes. Your car donation will give them great opportunities to live the decent and dignified life that they fully deserve. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form now!

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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