No doubt, your vehicle’s radiator carries out essential tasks, including the cooling of radiator fluid to ensure your engine runs at a working temperature. In numerous instances, it also cools your automatic transmission fluid.
As you may know, there are zero moving parts within a radiator. However, corrosion takes place on both the inside and outside, which eventually takes its toll and often result in leakages.
The first sign of Eagle Point radiator trouble is a puddle of coolant directly under your car. Mostly, the leak is insignificant to the extent that you may just top up with coolant now and then until you had a chance to replace your radiator at a professional radiator repair center like Medford Radiator.
Modern day radiators usually are equipped with aluminum cores (finned parts) as well as plastic side tanks. When used in conjunction with modern radiator fluids, the radiators of today can easily last up to 150,000 miles if not longer.
On the other hand, brass side tank and copper core radiators have a shorter lifespan. But, if you consider the fact that modern day autos are equipped with complex engine compartments where access if tight to radiators, it requires a lot less effort to replace older vehicle radiators. They normally do not have a nest of wires and hoses and the repair process is so much simpler. Newer autos require a more sophisticated approach that may demand the input of expert radiator repair technicians in Eagle Point.
How to Repair a Leaking Radiator
The first step is to park your automobile in an area that is well-lighted. Daylight is usually best.
Next, you need to ensure your engine had enough time to cool down.
From here, you have to find the source of the coolant leakage as it might not stem from the radiator itself. The quickest way to establish this is by washing the radiator using a water hose. After that, you have to start the engine and check for new signs of leaking coolant.
Once you have determined that the radiator is the issue, there are a couple of connections you need to identify. Also, ensure you have sufficient access before trying to remove your radiator.
Below are some of the things you need to look out for:
- Check to see if the radiator has ductwork that would direct the flow of air throughout. The shroud will need to be removed to get to the radiator.
- Locate the upper and lower hose connections. These can be removed where at the point they are attached to your radiator. You may require special tools to reach and loosen the hose clamps.
- Some vehicles are equipped with cooling fans that are attached to the radiator frame. Remove these first before attempting to take off your radiator.
- If you have an automatic transmission, then you can be sure there are cooling lines attached to the side tank of the radiator.
- Check what mounting method was used to attach the radiator to your vehicle. In most cases, bolt-on brackets are used. But, in some designs, they make use of rubber pins or pads that are fitted with separate clamping pieces and bolted to the vehicle.
If you experience difficulty locating or removing the necessary parts, or do not have the proper tools to do the job yourself, then take your automobile to the nearest Eagle Point radiator repair center for a professional technician to take care of the task for you.
Tools you will need:
- Combination or socket wrenches
- In the case of auto transmission, you will require flare-nut wrenches.
- Materials needed:
- New or reconditioned radiator
- Antifreeze or distilled water
- Silicone sealant
- Materials needed:
Various dealerships or auto parts stores would provide replacement radiators for newer vehicles. All you will need to give is the model, engine size, transmission type, and if you have any accessories like air conditioning attached to acquire the right replacement radiator.
In the case of an older automobile, you may have to think about getting your radiator rebuilt. Medford Radiator refers to this procedure as “re-coring” that involves the replacement of the finned parts of your radiator while the existing tanks, mounting brackets and hose locations will remain in place. If you decide on re-coring, then you can expect some vehicle downtime between having the old radiator removed to installing the rebuilt one.
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