The radiator is an essential component for the longevity of your vehicle; it prevents the engine block from overheating. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine block to the radiator, which releases the excess heat. Keeping your radiator in proper running order is important for the overall health of your vehicle. Most manufacturers recommend radiator service every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, which includes a coolant flush. Over time, rust can build up in the system and contaminate your cooling system, leading to less-than-optimal performance and eventually damage to the radiator.
A poorly functioning cooling system may show some of the following telltale signs:
- Fluctuating engine temperature gauge
- Engine temperature rises when the car idles for more than 30 seconds
- Smoke coming from under the hood
- Groaning or squealing sound from the engine compartment
- Visible coolant drips or leaks underneath the vehicle
- “Check engine” sensor light (this can be caused by a number of different things and is not necessarily a cooling system issue)
An overheating engine block can damage your vehicle beyond repair. If you see any signs of a possible problem with your radiator or cooling system, do not delay—have our technicians check it out immediately.
We fix all types of radiators and cooling systems. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment at any of our five convenient Triangle locations.