Your car’s radiator is responsible for keeping your car’s engine cool while it’s in use. The radiator is part of a cooling system that also includes the thermostat, water pump, and liquid coolant. The radiator distributes the coolant and keeps it at an optimal temperature during operation. An AA Auto Tech car mechanic can inspect your car’s radiator to ensure that it is in top working condition. We can also repair or replace the radiator if necessary.
What Happens When Your Radiator Stops Functioning
Since the radiator’s job is to keep the engine cool, a malfunction can lead to numerous problems. For instance, your vehicle’s engine is running at a temperature of 190-200 degrees Fahrenheit. If the radiator breaks down, the engine will heat up. The temperature will exceed 200 degrees. That level of heat will cause gaskets, hoses, the water pump, and the engine to break down and eventually stop working.
Radiator Issues to Look For
Since the radiator is one of the essential components in your car, it’s important to know the signs when it fails. Some of the symptoms of a broken radiator include:
Rust. A rusty radiator is easy to spot from the outside. On the inside, the radiator will produce brownish water. Eventually, the radiator will corrode all the way through, and leaks will develop.
Leaks. Leaks are the most visible sign of a bad radiator. Leaks usually occur at the bottom of the radiator or hose connections. If you notice coolant on the ground, bring your car to our auto repair service center immediately.
Overheating. You may notice your car’s temperature gauge running into the red. The engine is overheating. It could be the radiator.
How to Avoid Radiator Issues
With proper care and maintenance, you can avoid radiator issues. Here’s what you can do.
● Bring your car in every 20,000 miles so that we can flush the radiator coolant.
● Bring your car in annually so that we can check the hoses and clamps.
● Bring your car in before summer and winter to make sure you have enough coolant.
Professional Auto Repair in the Twin Cities Metro Area
If you think you may be having problems with your radiator, bring your car into AA Auto Tech. We provide radiator installation and repair as well as tune-ups, brake and engine repair, and ongoing vehicle maintenance. Our service extends to car owners in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. To schedule a radiator repair, contact us at 651-437-2218, or you can message us on our contact page.