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A radiator repair shop may charge anywhere from $200 to $1200m depending on what needs fixing. Here is the average estimated cost for radiator repairs, including labor charges:
A radiator problem could severely hamper your vehicle’s performance, so it’s best you have your vehicle diagnosed at an auto repair shop soon.
If left unresolved, it could cause your engine to overheat, resulting in some radiator parts warping or cracking.
It could also cause warped cylinder heads to separate from the engine block, resulting in a leak in the head gasket and high repair costs.
Whether you’ll need a radiator repair or a radiator replacement depends on where the problem lies and the severity of the issue. So, it’s best to consult certified technicians regarding a repair or replacement.
Radiator trouble could result in the coolant fluid and the engine overheating, leading to significant engine repair costs if left undetected.
Here are the most obvious signs to help know you need a radiator repair service:
Getting a radiator flush every 36,000 miles is the best way to prevent radiator trouble.
A radiator flush helps remove debris, contaminants, and corrosion inside the radiator. It also helps lubricate and extend the lifespan of your water pump, thereby preventing a coolant leak or debris build-up.
Here are answers to some questions associated with a radiator repair service:
The radiator is a critical part of your vehicle’s cooling system.
Coolant circulates throughout your engine, absorbing the heat produced, so your engine stays at a good temperature. However, in doing so, the coolant fluid becomes hot too. The radiator helps removes heat from the coolant, allowing the coolant to return to the engine to do its job.
The radiator comprises these components:
Note: Radiators used to be brass and copper, but manufacturers now prefer aluminum radiators with plastic headers and gaskets. These plastic headers are more economical and easy to repair.
You’ll need specialized tools and technical knowledge to diagnose a radiator problem. If you feel unsure, it’s best to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop.
Here’s how certified technicians would go about a radiator check:
Radiator leaks can happen in different places, so your best option is to get a professional to replace it.
However, here are some ways to temporarily fix the leak until you can get a mechanic to make a permanent repair.
You’ll need some basic tools:
And here are some optional items:
Temporary Radiator Repair Methods
|Pepper||With a cool engine, pour 1 tablespoon of black pepper into the radiator (not the plastic reservoir.)
Fill the radiator with 50/50 water and antifreeze.
Drive the vehicle for about 15 mins, then shut off the engine. Allow about 30 mins for pepper particles to swell and plug the leak.
Note: This method isn’t always reliable and may cause clogs. Only use as a last resort.
|Egg whites||With a cool engine, pour the egg white into the radiator (you may need more than 1 egg.)
Ensure the radiator cap is secure, and start your car. The radiator heat will cook the egg whites, and the pressure will force the eggs into the holes to temporarily patch the leak.
Note: This method isn’t always reliable and may cause clogs.
|Radiator stop leak||Apply this product once the engine is cool. Follow packaging instructions.
Note: This is the easiest way to fix a radiator leak, but it may cause clogs.
|Epoxy||The product is typically applied after the radiator is drained. Follow packaging instructions. The radiator should be sealed after a few hours.
Note: This method is fairly reliable and easy.
|Soldering or welding||This method can be used for copper, brass, or aluminum radiators.|
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