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A radiator replacement is an important service, and the price will vary greatly depending on the year, make, and model of your car.

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$440 $978

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What is a Radiator?

The radiator is the main component of your car’s cooling system. It is what takes the heat out of the coolant. If you missed the first day of class, coolant is a liquid that runs around the engine, absorbing the heat produced, to keep it at a good temperature. After the coolant absorbs the heat from the engine, the liquid is – surprise, surprise – hot! So, it heads to the radiator, where air drawn in from outside the car assists in cooling down the fluid, so it can head back to the engine and do its job once more.

When the engine gets too hot or too cold, the performance suffers. When the car is too cold, coolant does not go through the radiator. This makes sure the engine keeps getting warmer. When the car is too hot, coolant does go through the radiator. This makes the engine get cooler. We should all strive to be cooler.

Radiators, especially modern ones, usually have a long shelf life. But when they go, they go, and they’ll need to be replaced for the health of your car.

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Signs of a failing Radiator

Engine temperature

Nobody likes sweltering heat, right? Your car complaining about that heat is gonna be a good sign that it’s time to swap that radiator. If your radiator is failing to do its job, then the coolant will not be able to be properly cooled. If the coolant isn’t cooled, it can’t absorb as much engine heat, and the engine will subsequently not be cooled. You don’t need a degree in mathe matics to understand that one. Always pay attention to the engine temperature gauge on your dashboard.

Leaks

Look, here’s one of the basic tenets of car ownership: Leaks aren’t good, in any capacity. Many things can cause leaks, including a failing radiator, which may result in a leak that smells fishy. Yum?

Low coolant levels

Both leaks and overheating can contribute to the loss of coolant. With leaks, coolant obviously leaves the cooling system. With overheating, components such as the head gaskets and cylinder heads can fail, allowing coolant to enter the engine and be burned. Neither of these things are good. Your car needs a certain amount of coolant in its system to function properly. If you’re looking for ways to kill time on the weekend, then go spend a few minutes checking your car’s fluid levels. Check the oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. If the coolant is low, it may be because of a radiator issue. Just make sure you never check the coolant when the radiator cap is warm or hot – severe injury may result.

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How urgent is a Radiator replacement?

Having a radiator die can lead to very bad results, and a car that you shouldn’t drive. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, you’ll want to get your radiator swapped asap.

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How can we help?

Radiators keep your engine cool. RepairSmith can help you keep cool with car repair.

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