05 Jul Don’t let your vehicle lose its cool – come see us for your auto radiator repair
Auto radiator repair? When do you need to think about this?
During the routine operation of your vehicle, the engine gets very hot. Which is why your vehicle also comes with its very own cooling system. By circulating an engine coolant (which is comprised of the correct ratio of coolant and water) through the engine block, the radiator and the rest of your vehicle’s cooling system play an important role in maintaining the health of your vehicle’s engine.
The job of the vehicle’s cooling system is to keep this engine coolant flowing through the engine, to regulate and maintain an optimum operating temperature for the engine. If the cooling system malfunctions the engine will begin to overheat, which can lead to a variety of major engine problems, including a blown head gasket.
Designed to keep your engine cool
To cool the circulating liquids, a radiator is designed with a large surface area of tubes through which the engine coolant flows, surrounded by thin fins that increase the surface area for the exchange of heat. Once cooled, the coolant re-circulates through the engine to pick up more heat. This cycle of heat exchange repeats itself endlessly while the vehicle engine is operating. So, as you can see, having a radiator that is functioning correctly is vital for the health of your vehicle’s engine.
However, the radiator itself is made out of a thin and easily penetrable metal that can be susceptible to corrosion, cracks and leaks. The many fins that are so vital for the heat exchange process can also become blocked with dirt and bugs over time. Furthermore, the plastic tanks that are attached to most radiators can also crack as a result of the constant heating and cooling process.
What are the 5 signs that you may need an auto radiator repair
If any of the various components of a vehicle’s cooling system should fail, the excess heat produced by the engine can quickly damage other engine components. To avoid major and expensive auto repairs, stay on the lookout for these 5 signs of a cooling system failure – and if you spot any of them head to your local ADRAD auto radiator repair shop right away.
- A rising temp gauge or a temperature gauge that is simply not reading where it usually does.
- Any signs of overheating, such a steam or white smoke coming from under the bonnet.
- Signs of rust or discoloration on the engine or in the engine bay, which could be caused by coolant being sprayed across the engine from a small leak in the radiator or a hose.
- Low coolant levels – which is why it’s important to regularly check the coolant levels, otherwise you might not notice a drop in coolant in good time. Don’t simply keep topping up with water either, because the engine coolant needs to be the right ratio of coolant and water for your vehicle and the season. The wrong ratio can also result in damage to the engine.
- Any visible signs of a coolant leak, such as a green fluid on your driveway or where you park your vehicle.
To ensure your radiator and the rest of the cooling system continues to perform well for the life of your vehicle, it’s important to have the radiator and the cooling system serviced regularly.
ADRAD’s nationwide network of radiator service and repair specialists offer you a comprehensive cooling system check and repair service. We can pressure test your cooling system to detect any leaks and do a radiator flush that will clean out all the corrosive sludge and contaminants that have built up in the radiator. We recommend the radiator be flushed once every 12 months or 30,000km, whichever occurs first, to remove the build-up of damaging rust and residue.
If your radiator is beyond repair, we’ll also be able to supply and fit a completely new radiator.
How much does a Radiator repair cost?
The cost of repairing or replacing a vehicle’s radiator will vary depending on the nature of the repair and the cost of the radiator itself – and these costs can vary significantly depending on the model of your car and the complexity of the work involved. To get an accurate costing for repairing or replacing your vehicle’s radiator talk to your local ADRAD radiator repair specialist.
ADRAD’s national network of automotive radiator specialists guarantees expert craftsmanship, quality products and service. For your peace of mind, we offer a two-year nationwide radiator warranty support from our radiator repair network, which means you’re covered from one end of the country to the other.
ADRAD’s nationwide network of radiator specialists means there’s a radiator expert standing by to help you in your neighbourhood. We cater for all types of vehicles and our radiator repair specialists will take expert care of all your auto radiator repair needs. We specialise in cooling system products for cars, motorcycles, trucks and construction equipment, as well as for agriculture, power generation, mining and rail applications.
If it’s time for your vehicle’s routine radiator flush or if your vehicle is overheating, simply give us a call on 0800 RADIATOR (723 428) and we’ll get the problem expertly sorted for you. Call us today.