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Radiator Service & Repair


Your ride is smokin' hot... and we mean that in the most literal sense. Your engine operates between about 200-230 degrees Fahrenheit, and if the temperature creeps higher than that range, you're likely looking at overheating issues that could cause significant engine damage. To prevent this from happening, your car is equipped with a radiator as the primary component in expelling heat from your engine.

How Do Radiators & Water Pumps Work?

As engine coolant circulates throughout the engine, it collects heat, and your vehicle needs a way to dissipate this heat. The radiator uses fans and sheer surface area to cool this fluid, then send it back out to do its job all over again. The water pump provides the 'oomph', ensuring the coolant continues circulating throughout the entire system over and over again.

If your water pump or radiator are compromised, well, let’s just say things can get a little heated. Without a water pump, the engine coolant sits still, collecting heat without being able to exchange it inside the radiator. Likewise, a faulty radiator means the coolant can't properly cool before traveling back to the engine.

Signs You Need Radiator Service

  • Engine overheating – An engine that can't cool down may have an array of causes within the cooling system to blame, including the radiator.

  • Temperature gauge reading hot – Similarly to overheating engine issues, if your engine is consistently working under high heat, your radiator may need repairs.

  • Leaking engine coolant – If you notice coolant (usually green or orange) leaking from your vehicle, you'll need to find out whether it's leaking from your radiator or another part of the cooling system.

  • Rusted radiator – If you know where to locate your radiator (generally close behind the grill), inspect it for rust spots which could indicate leaking fluids.

What Does A Radiator Flush Service Include?

We provide a water pump and radiator flush service to pinpoint issues with your car's cooling system and keep it working properly. Here's what's we'll do:

  • Pressurize cooling system to detect leaks

  • Perform engine block test

  • Inspect all radiator hoses

  • Check water pump and belts

  • Visually inspect any other parts for coolant leaks

  • Check thermostat and cooling fan

Benefits Of A Radiator Flush

  • Improved engine performance and longer lifespan

  • Removal of rust and deposits from your radiator

  • Lubrication provided to the water pump

  • Elimination of contaminants from old engine coolant

  • Full inspection to ensure overall healthy cooling system

Our expert teams at your local Brakes Plus know how to keep things cool. And you know what would make your visit even cooler – saving on your radiator service on your next visit!