09 Apr How much does it cost to fix a leak in a radiator? It depends on the leak!
The Number 1 Question We Get Asked Is: how much does it cost to fix a leak in a radiator?
The short answer is “it depends”, the long answer is “it depends and you will need to get a quote for fixing your radiator because getting the correct estimate upfront makes sure that there are no surprises when you come to pick up your car.”
What contributes to the cost of repairing a radiator?
There are several factors that contribute to what a radiator costs to fix. This includes but is not limited to the labour costs of doing the work, the products used, and potentially the welding and parts used in an extensive leak repair.
When a radiator leak it can be down to a few different sources. If there has been force damage done to the radiator fins there may be no other option but to remove the radiator and replace it with a new one. On the other end of the scale is a damaged rubber hose, hoses can suffer over time and allow coolant to leak which stops the radiator from functioning properly. A damaged hose should be a quick and easy fix.
However, if the leak has caused the car cooling system to malfunction, damage may have been done to the rest of the cooling system, engine block, water pump, or head gasket. This is why is important to ensure that your radiator and automotive cooling system is properly maintained and serviced regularly – an overheating engine can cause serious damage to the car.
So, how much does it cost to fix a leak in a radiator?
Depending on the above factors such as removing the radiator, flushing the whole cooling system, and checking for damage in other areas like the engine block and head gasket, your radiator repair cost will vary depending on the type of car you have.
The parts costs for radiator repairs depend on the exact parts needed and how much you want to spend. Rubber radiator hoses can cost anywhere from $25 to $60, water pumps for radiators can cost between $35 and $150. Replacement second-hand radiators can be bought cheap, as low as $40 from the right seller, but buying a second-hand radiator leaves you with the risk of not knowing how that radiator has been treated in its lifetime and how soon it will need replacing itself. A new radiator can cost anywhere from $300 to over $1000 depending on the car you drive.
These varying price ranges are exactly why we recommend getting an accurate and personal quote before committing to having any work done – it is better to know upfront what the likely cost is going to be!
What causes a car radiator to break?
While radiators are a simple enough concept – coolant is circulated through the engine block, the coolant gets hot and is moved by the water pump through the radiator where the air is used to cool that coolant down – they have a lot of vital processes that all need to function properly for the radiator to work.
Outside of motor vehicle accidents which cause force damage to the radiator, often the reason for radiators leaking is simple wear and tear. Many modern radiators use components made from plastic which can warp or crack over time when it expands and contracts with the heat of the engine. Similarly, rubber hoses can develop seemly minor cracks which actually lead to a lot of coolant leaking out. This is why it is important to check your coolant level regularly, to make sure that you are not losing too much and putting your engine at risk.
Small holes and leaks are often temporarily filled with stop leak products; however, this is not a good idea for the long-term health of your radiator. Repeated use of stop leak products can lead to clogging, which leads to overheating.
Radiator repair costs are so variable – sometimes the repair cost is for a simple hose or radiator cap replacement, sometimes a blown head gasket needs replacing, other times the whole system including the water pump needs fixing!
Get in touch today to get a personalized and accurate estimate for the repair costs to your radiator.