Radiator repairs are important because the car’s radiator is the system that helps remove excess heat from the engine. The radiator and cooling system will work to regulate the engine’s temperature to ensure it does not overheat. When the system begins to leak, break or experience issues then it is important it is immediately repaired or replaced. Here at Peninsula Auto Clinic, we offer auto mechanical radiator services where we can perform professional radiator replacements and repairs for any car!
The main types of radiator repairs include the following:
- Radiator Leaks
- Holes in the Radiator
- Radiator Valve Leaks
- Radiator Failure
What is the Radiator in a Car?
The radiator in a car is the system that works with the cooling system to help maintain the temperature within the engine. The engine burns fuel, creates energy and there are multiple parts moving in the system. This means that heat can quickly rise in the engine however this is not good for the system. The radiator is essential to function correctly to ensure that the engine does not overheat and cause serious damage.
The radiator works by removing heat from the engine through the cooling system and a coolant. Along with the liquid coolant, fans, hoses and a thermostat will help with removing the heat from the engine. As the coolant travels around the engine picking up heat it will enter and exit the radiator where the heat will be removed from the car.
What are Common Radiator Repairs?
As with other systems of the car, the radiator will experience issues at times and need a Car Repair. Below are some of the common problems that radiators experience which will often result in a radiator repair.
A leaking radiator will need to be repaired as soon as possible. Often it only requires tightening or changing a loose hose because these are the parts that are attached to various moving parts. When they become loose or split then coolant can often leak from the radiator. It is important to not drive with radiator leaks as this can be dangerous as the engine will not have its heat properly removed.
Holes in the Radiator
Holes forming in the radiator often require the whole radiator to be replaced. Small holes might be able to be repaired by adding a sealant and removing the need to replace the whole unit. If the hole is too large then replacing the radiator is always going to be the better option. It will be more cost effective to have the system replaced with a newer and working radiator.
Radiator Valve Leaks
The radiator valve is also the thermostat and helps with the coolant flow and maintaining the temperature. When they fail to work then often they will need to be replaced to ensure the coolant does not leak. The valve will be replaced with a new system and the coolant will be tested and flow through the system properly.
If the radiator is old, damaged or low in coolant then the system might overall experience a radiator failure. If the radiator is overheated, the thermostat is broken, the pressure cap is faulty or there is too much coolant flowing through the radiator are other common reasons for a radiator failure. When this occurs there is often severe damage to the radiator and often the only way to resolve the problem is to replace the system.
What are Signs the Radiator Needs Repairs?
The best signs and symptoms to look for to know if the radiator needs repairs are:
- The temperature gauge often rises and falls unusually
- Smells of smoke or actual smoke forming from the engine
- Green liquid or coolant has leaked under the vehicle
- Rust or visible damages have appeared on the radiator or cooling system
How Can I Prevent Radiator Repairs?
It is important to receive regular Car Service work to ensure a qualified mechanic can perform safety inspections. A part of the service is to check the regulator and ensure the whole system is functioning correctly. If they find errors with the unit then mechanical repairs can occur early and before serious issues develop.
Other ways to prevent the need for major radiator repairs in the future are:
- Have the radiator hoses replaced every three years or after 50,000km as they dry out and break after this time
- Ensure the coolant levels are regularly inspected to ensure that they are at the correct levels while leaks are checked
- After every 40,000km the coolant should be flushed out of the system and new coolant replaced. This is to prevent low levels of coolant and removes the chance of old coolant causing rust to form in the system
Reliable Mechanics Performing Servicing and Repairs on Radiators
Peninsula Auto Clinic provides trusted radiator repairs and replacement services to Northern Beaches locals. With over 25 years of experience, our fully qualified mechanics will have your radiator operated on properly. We will repair the radiator and any damages safely while efficiently replacing parts if needed. Our team can inspect the radar regularly to ensure that there are no damages present. We offer our radiator repairs to the whole Northern Beaches, including Palm Beach, Narrabeen and Warriewood. No matter the car our motor mechanics will ensure the radiator is operated on correctly and safely!