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Radiator Service & Repair

YOU’RE HOT, THEN YOU’RE COLD

Your ride is smokin' hot... and we mean that in the most literal sense. Your engine operates between about 200 and 230 degrees Fahrenheit, and if the temperature creeps higher than that range, you're looking at likely overheating and engine damage. The radiator is the primary component that expels heat from your engine.

How Radiators And Water Pumps Work

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

If your water pump or radiator become 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. A faulty radiator means the coolant can't properly cool off before traveling back to the engine.

Signs You Need Radiator Service:

  • Engine overheating – An engine that can't cool down can have a variety of factors within the cooling system to blame, including the radiator.

  • Temperature gauge reading hot – Related to the item above, if your engine is consistently working under high heat, get your radiator checked out.

  • 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, check it for rust spots indicating 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 the cooling system to detect leaks

  • Perform an engine block test

  • Inspect all radiator hoses

  • Check the water pump and belts

  • Visually inspect any other parts for coolant leaks

  • Check the 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 a healthy cooling system

The experts at your local Brakes Plus know how to keep it cool. And you know what would make your visit even cooler? Extra savings on your radiator service!