How do I Know if My Radiator Needs to be Replaced?
There are several signs to look for when investigating if your radiator is in need of repair. The first and most obvious is if your radiator is visibly leaking fluid. Radiators use liquid engine coolant to prevent your vehicle from overheating, if this fluid begins to leak out of your radiator it prevents it from properly cooling your vehicle. The best way to identify if your radiator is leaking fluid is by keeping an eye on your garage floor or driveway for puddles of liquid or stains. Coolants come in a number of different colors, but leaking fluid will typically look sticky and be bright green, orange or pink in colour. A sweet smell is also common with coolant.
If you notice that your radiator is leaking fluid it is important to bring your vehicle to Precision Alignment and Brake immediately for further inspection. If you continue to operate your vehicle with a leaking radiator you run this risk of overheating your engine and causing severe damage to several engine components.
Another way to easily identify whether or not your vehicle’s radiator is in need of repair is by keeping an eye on your vehicle’s temperature gauge. If you notice that your temperature gauge is consistently rising while you are operating your vehicle there is most likely something wrong with your vehicle’s radiator or cooling system.
Another clear cut sign that your vehicle has a radiator in need of repair is if your vehicle has been overheating frequently. This is a sign that your vehicle’s radiator is in need of immediate repair. Every time your vehicle overheats it is causing damage to several different engine components. If your vehicle is overheating frequently it is important to bring it in for repair immediately to prevent further engine damage.