The car radiator is one of the most important components of your vehicle. It's part of the cooling system, which means that death to your motor may come if it isn't functioning properly. A faulty radiator can cause your vehicle to blow a head gasket if you do not take care to remedy the symptoms of a needed radiator replacement or repair.
5 Symptoms of a needed Radiator Repair:
1. Odd Temperature Gauge Activity
Odd temperature gauge activity will be one of the first signs of a small problem if you're lucky. You should start investigating for radiator issues if your gauge fluctuates or goes up and then goes back down while you are driving. The problem will worsen if you do not handle it early.
2. Straightforward Overheating
Overheating is a huge sign that something is broken or hindered. It indicates that your radiator is either blocked, cracked, rusted or empty. Check your antifreeze levels first and pray that the issue is low fluid levels. You will still need to look into the problem, however, because your antifreeze shouldn't be low unless you empty it.
3. White Smoke or Steam Coming From Under the Hood
White smoking coming from under the hood indicates a fluid leak. The hot engine components are burning the fluid, and you need to find out the origin of the leak.
4. Strange Smells Coming From Under the Hood
Strange smells indicate a leak, as well. You must look deeper into the issue even if you don't see smoke.
5. Visible Leaks
You may be fortunate enough to find exactly where your leak is because you can see the fluid dripping, dropping or spouting out. Problems are easy to fix then you know what's going on.
Which will it be? Complete Radiator Replacement or Just Radiator Repair?
You may be able to salvage the radiator, but not necessarily. Sometimes, its components can be so worn that patch jobs don't work. Replacement is inevitable when such is the case. Don't ever try to continue driving the vehicle if your car keeps overheating. Park it until you resolve the radiator issues.
Questions about a radiator replacement? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about our radiator repair services and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Lexington, SC, and the surrounding area.