Radiator Issues, Repairs & Replacement
If you’ve ever opened your hood after your vehicle has been running a while, you clearly see how hot your engine can get. Your car’s radiator is designed to dissipate that heat, and when it fails, it can cause serious repercussions.
Your vehicle features a pump that circulates a coolant through the engine block and cylinder head to remove excess heat, which is expressed to air through the grille by the radiator. Typically, when coolant is changed regularly, the integrity of the radiator’s copper and brass construction, aluminum fins, and plastic tanks is preserved and the radiator should last the life of the vehicle. However, old coolant that is beyond its service life can become corrosive and eat away at the tubing and tanks. In severe cases of failed coolant, the radiator tubes can become clogged, resulting in mechanical damage.
Signs of a Faulty Radiator
The primary indication of a bad radiator is the “overheat” light on the dashboard, which is often triggered by a leak leaving too little coolant in the system. If this light comes on or you notice leaking coolant, get off the road and shut off the engine immediately, as an overheated engine can cause major damage. If the head gasket fails, as is common, it can lead to a pricey repair because it can allow coolant to seep into the oil, and vice versa, potentially doing enough to require full engine replacement.
If you have the ability to fill your tank with coolant or water, do so (after you’ve allowed the vehicle to cool down), and promptly bring your car in to Automotive Diagnostic Specialties (ADS Auto Repair). If the overheating is not caused by an obviously low coolant level, you should call a tow service.
Often overheating is caused by issues with the radiator. But there are numerous other issues inside your cooling system that can cause overheating or coolant leaks. The only way to know for sure is to get the experts under the hood with our advanced diagnostic equipment. Our ASE-certified technicians will inspect your system, looking for radiator leaks, failed thermostats, leaky hoses, air in cooling systems, faulty water pumps, cooling system obstructions, and issues with radiator fans.
With radiator issues, it is often most cost-efficient to replace your radiator rather than repair it due to the inexpensive materials today’s radiators are made of. In addition, some radiators are also made from materials that cannot be repaired.
We can repair or replace radiators and associated parts for all types of vehicles, from cars and trucks, to SUVs, and RVs. ADS Auto Repair in Chandler, AZ can take care of your radiator issues and get you back on the road quickly and safely. Call us today at (480) 961-8704 to schedule your appointment.