Getting you home - a Simple, Temporary Radiator Repair
Car repairs are often blatantly obvious, but there is one repair which will sneak up on you at the most inopportune time - your car's radiator. Among the items, you should have in your trunk for just this type of emergency is a couple gallons of water, coolant and radiator sealant. Any of the large selection of brands will do, they all work in the same way to make a temporary radiator repair.
Before starting, disconnect the battery if your radiator has electrical connections. Make sure the engine is cool enough to take off the pressure cap on the radiator. Pour the radiator sealant directly into the radiator. Follow the directions, but the usual amount is a full bottle. Do not drain any of the coolants from the radiator, but rather add radiator fluid until the level reaches the manufacturers recommended amount
Start the car and let it run for about 10 to 15 minutes - enough time for the sealant to fully circulate through the radiator. The plastic sealant coats and seals the little holes. Last, top off the radiator with water and coolant. With this temporary radiator repair, you should be good to go for a short while.
How to replace a radiator - Replace it yourself or leave it to the professionals
There are 25 or more steps you need to carefully follow if you are taking on the huge task of replacing your car's radiator. Most people like the peace of mind they get by having their mechanic take over the job. Your mechanic knows how to replace a radiator, and they have the lifts, tools, equipment, and resources needed to do the job. This is one task the average person should leave to the professionals.
Got a leaky radiator and wondering how to replace a radiator? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about radiator repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.