Discover how to tell if you have a clogged radiator at Team Gillman Mazda.
The Symptoms of a Clogged Radiator can be anything from the temperature gauge showing higher temps all the way to steam billowing from under the hood. Other than your car consistently running hotter than normal, other signs of a clogged radiator may include radiator hose problems, low coolant levels, rust-colored coolant, and leaking coolant. If you get a low coolant light or need to add coolant to the radiator, then you might have a radiator that's ready to fail, and it should be examined ASAP. Your vehicle needs a radiator to function properly to avoid overheating issues, which could eventually lead to engine failure.
AntiFreeze can last anywhere from 30k to 120k miles, depending on your driving habits. But, like the transmission fluid or motor oil in your car, it's imperative to check the fluid levels and service them at the appropriate time. With such a wide range, it is important to review the suggested maintenance requirements. If you have any questions about the miles left in your coolant, bring your car to one of our certified techs, who can inspect it to make sure it is in good shape.
The main job of the radiator and coolant is to prevent engine damage caused by hot temperatures. Many don't realize it, but radiator coolant is absolutely crucial for keeping your vehicle in top condition. The coolant absorbs heat from the engine as it makes its way through the engine, then returns back to the radiator, is cooled, and then the cycle is repeated. In addition to stopping the engine from overheating, the coolant also lubricates other engine components as it circulates. Your car would overheat in a matter of seconds without a radiator and coolant.
The cost to repair a radiator can differ wildly due to many factors, including the age, make, and model of the vehicle. If you suspect there could be a problem with your radiator or antifreeze, bring it to us immediately to be inspected. A bad radiator can cause damage to not only the engine but other parts, too, which could mean more repairs. Keeping up to date on the routine maintenance of your car is the simplest way to keep repair costs low.
Are you still uncertain if your vehicle needs radiator service or repair? Bring your vehicle to see the professionals at Team Gillman Mazda. Our team of service experts are happy to assess your vehicle and make sure it is operating at its best. Visit us online or in person to schedule your next auto service appointment. Drive a little. Save a lot. That's the Team Gillman advantage.