WHAT IS A RADIATOR?
Do you need radiator repair or radiator replacement? A radiator is an object in your car used to transfer heat from one thing to another. In a car, it is used to cool down an engine when it is hot to prevent overheating. It is what makes your car’s heating and the cooling system correctly operate!
when your car burns fuel, it generates heat! You want to keep as much heat as possible away from your engine to prevent damage. This is where the radiator comes in. The radiator will begin to work once the thermometer at the top of the engine detects a certain amount of heat. When the thermometer detects too much heat, water and coolant will blast through the radiator to try and cool the engine down.
When the engine is cooled down, the liquid will come back through the radiator. The radiator has fins that will help filter the hot from the car into the air outside to also cool the engine.
HOW LONG DOES A RADIATOR LAST?
WHAT CAUSES RADIATORS TO FAIL?
When coolant is completely gone, only the oil and a few fans are left to reduce engine heat. The oil will burn away very quickly leaving nothing to protect the engine from friction heat. Oil can even char and get stuck to the internal components of the engine. After that, you’re looking at expensive engine cleaning and repairs that may leave you questioning whether it’s time to buy a new ride.
Don’t want to cripple your car or truck by ignoring something that can be easily fixed? Then let’s talk about how to fix a radiator leak. (And remember, if you don’t want to do your own radiator repairs, just give Tedious Repairs a call and we’ll gladly handle it for you, (530) 826-4275).
What Causes Radiator Leaks
Radiator corrosion is common due to environmental factors like rain and mud, and can even happen due to chemical degradation under rare circumstances. Over time, all-metal and mechanical parts will wear and rust until they need to be replaced… go as we all, like dust in the wind… sigh. But I digress. The same goes for gaskets, hose connectors, and other metallic radiator parts. Physical damage says from accidents can also cause damage, obviously.
Bad engine coolant is one of the chemical causes of radiator holes. Some cheap coolants aren’t even good enough to do the job and allow the engine to heat quickly despite the presence of coolant. This is why it’s important to ensure you’re using the right engine coolant for the job. Use this chart from Valvoline to determine which engine coolant is right for your engine:
The video below is from us working on a coolant pressure check on a radiator leak in our auto shop in Chico:
Free Radiator checks!
There’s not much more you can do to fix your own radiator beyond the options above unless you can do it yourself. Our service writer can book you a FREE radiator check by appointment. We are willing to give you a quick look. If you need a pressure check or other work we have to charge you.
Do you know what else is cool? Not having a friggin’ radiator leak. Got radiator problems? We can help. Give Tedious Repairs a call using the contact information below and we’ll be glad to help you with any coolant leaks issues you may have including issues with the thermostat, gaskets, freeze plugs, hoses, and heater cores, or whatever else may give ya trouble.
Thanks again for reading and checking in next week for more car repair and auto service content!
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Where can I get A radiator replacement?
Tedious Repairs has been fixing Radiators for over 13 years. Offering Radiator repair for all makes and models! Since 2008 Tedious Repairs has been offering the Butte community high-quality automotive services.
Tedious Repairs offers everything auto repair related that you may need. Here are some of the service options we offer: oil changes, brake replacement, transmission fluid service, windshield wiper replacement, and more! For repairs, we offer transmission, radiator repair, engine, and many more different kinds of repairs! We also offer locksmith services!
When It’s time for a radiator repair or radiator replacement, call or book an online appointment with us today!