Discover how to find out if you have a clogged radiator at Team Gillman Honda North.
The Symptoms of a Clogged Radiator can be anything from the temperature gauge rising to steam pouring out from under the hood of your vehicle. Besides your vehicle running too hot, other symptoms of a failing radiator might include coolant that looks rusty, radiator hose leaks, low coolant, and leaky coolant. If you get a coolant warning light or are adding coolant to the radiator, then you probably have a radiator that's ready to fail, and it needs to be examined immediately. Your car needs a radiator to function properly to avoid overheating, which could lead to possible engine failure.
Coolant can last anywhere from 30k to 120k miles. However, like the oil or transmission fluid in your car, it is imperative to check the levels and service them at the appropriate time. With such a wide range, depending on your driving habits, it could last many years, so it is important to check the owner's manual to verify the maintenance requirements. If you have any questions about the miles left in your coolant, bring your vehicle to one of our knowledgeable technicians, who can ensure everything is in good shape.
The primary job of the radiator and coolant is to prevent damage to your car's engine caused by overheating. Many don't realize it, but the radiator and coolant are absolutely crucial for keeping your vehicle in good condition. The coolant absorbs heat from the engine as it makes its way through the engine, then returns back to the radiator, is cooled, and then the cycle begins again. Besides preventing the engine from overheating, the coolant also lubricates other moving parts as it circulates. Without coolant, your vehicle would overheat in moments.
The cost to repair a radiator can vary wildly due to many factors, including the age, make, and model of the vehicle. If you suspect there might be an issue with your radiator or coolant, bring it to us immediately to be inspected. A bad radiator can cause damage to not only your engine but other components, resulting in even more expensive repairs. Keeping up to date on the routine maintenance of your vehicle is the best way to ensure you keep unexpected repair costs from getting out of hand.
Are you still uncertain if your vehicle needs radiator service or repair? Bring your vehicle to see the professionals at Team Gillman Honda North. Our team of service experts are happy to assess your vehicle and make sure it is operating at its best. Visit us online or in person to schedule your next auto service appointment. Drive a little. Save a lot. That's the Team Gillman advantage.