Radiator's - Repair & Replacements
Your radiator protects your engine and air conditioning condenser from overheating. It also plays an important role with the computer controlled system. An engine temperature sensor actually tells the computer what the engine temperature is so the computer can adjust the air and fuel mixture and engine timing. The efficiency of the radiator directly effects the efficiency of your engine.
How Radiators Work
Radiator setups run the coolant through a series of interconnected tubes to remove heat from the fluid. As the coolant passes through the radiator, heat sinks help bring the temperatures back down to acceptable levels.
The fan will also turn on and attempt to cool down the fluid temperatures even more right before the coolant flows back through the engine. This process happens constantly to keep your engine from overheating.
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As the radiator ages, the coolant passageways may clog up with mineral deposits, blocking the flow of the fluid through the system. If this happens, your cooling system will build up way too much pressure which can damage the hoses, water pump, and thermostat.
Diagnostic Techniques for Radiator Repair Service
If you notice the temperature gauge on your dash reading too high, you should go to a technician to have your radiator and cooling system checked for faults.
Technicians will start by checking the radiator for cold spots, verifying that the system flows well and then they will inspect the engine bay for leaks. Technicians can also test the overall temperature and pressure in the coolant system to confirm that your engine is running hot.
Quality Radiator Repairs
Technicians approach the radiator repair process by thoroughly identifying the problem parts before suggesting component replacements or other services.
If your radiator has a blockage, it may be necessary to have that part replaced with a new one to rectify the problem. Technicians can perform a full coolant flush to attempt to knock the blockage loose before moving ahead with the replacement services.
After performing the cooling system service, technicians will test drive your vehicle to make sure it maintains the proper operating temperature. If the temps or pressure rating rises too high even after switching out the radiator.
Technicians will retest other parts in the system to identify the problem. With cooling system problems, it's common to see more than one part contributing to the lack of flow or pressure buildup.
RADIATOR HOSE REPLACEMENT
THE BASICS BEHIND RADIATOR HOSE REPLACEMENT SERVICE
Your car or truck’s radiator hoses, which connect the engine to the radiator, are important components that maintain consistent internal engine temperatures. The upper hose connects to the top of the engine, while the lower hose connects to the bottom. Coolant flows through the engine to cool internal temperatures and works with the hoses. Radiator hoses carry hot coolant away from the engine and into the radiator, a large tank with small channels where the coolant flows to dissipate heat. Radiator fans, which are located behind the radiator, help cool the antifreeze or coolant once it enters. The radiator hoses also carry the coolant back into the engine to absorb the heat created during the combustion process. Once the engine reaches operating temperatures, the hot coolant cycles back to the radiator where it is cooled again. Because the engine can reach extreme temperatures, the coolant is often extremely hot. Over time, hot coolant can cause radiator hoses to deteriorate from the inside out.
WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE RADIATOR HOSE REPLACEMENT SERVICES PERFORMED?
Replacing your radiator hoses is one way to minimize the chance of engine failure and breakdowns. A visual inspection of your hoses can help you determine the proper time to replace them. Cracks, bulges, and hardened hoses are all signs that your radiator hoses are nearing the end of their useful life. Poor heating system performance also indicates a problem with your hoses. Heat, vibrations, and corrosion are all contributing factors to bad radiator hoses. A coolant leak in either green, red, or yellow liquid is another warning sign of a cracked or corroded radiator hose that should be replaced. Bad hoses can cause serious engine damage through an overheating engine or catastrophic failure. At the first sign of a bad radiator hose, be sure to contact our service staff to have your radiator hose replaced.
Radiator and Coolant hoses
Radiator and coolant hoses are vital to keep your engine from overheating. With time and use, hoses become brittle and weak. Don't wait for a failed radiator or coolant hose to leave you stranded.
Coolant System Components:
Upper Radiator Hose
Lower Radiator Hose