What To Do If Your Car Radiator Leaks

Every car has a radiator in it. This helps to keep the engine cool and is a vital part of the cooling system of your car. When the engine is turned on and running, a huge amount of heat is generated. While most of this escapes through the exhaust, some of it will sit in the engine area – and too much of this will cause serious damage.

Which is why there’s a radiator in the car. It works to make sure the right temperature for the engine is maintained – but if a car radiator springs a leak, it can start to lose coolant which will see the engine overheat. And, as established, overheating can cause real engine damage or see the engine fail completely… which nobody wants.

Carrying out regular maintenance checks on your car is the best way of identifying problems early on. If you’re worried that your radiator is leaking (which is a pretty common problem), keep an eye on your driveway or the floor of your garage. Leaking fluid is usually a bit sticky and it can be orange or green in colour. If it’s coolant, there may well be a sweet smell accompanying the puddle on your driveway floor.

If you’re feeling confident, wash the engine bay yourself and see if there are any leaks, whether it’s the thermostat housing or a water pump. If the engine is warm, a leaking radiator may produce steam, which is another good clue. Keep an eye on the coolant reservoir level as well, as a drop in this can be a sign that the radiator is leaking.

But if you’re not particularly skilled at car maintenance, consider getting in touch with Uxbridge bodywork repairs company Courtwoods today. We’ll be able to lend a helping hand.

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3 COMMENTS

  • Steve Lester
    July 31, 2017, 11:43 am REPLY

    Radiator, from the name itself, indicates something on heat. It is a key component in car as it helps keep its engine cool. But, when a radiator gets infected lets say leaked, then what should you do to get rid of this? Without making you understand about the reason, I personally suggest you to look for a trusted garage. It must have a team of well skilled professionals and most advanced tools. With these, the problems in vehicles could be diagnosed and get resolved quickly. You can also ask them few ideas to maintain your vehicle properly.

  • Maria Perez
    August 2, 2017, 12:21 pm REPLY

    Radiator leak can lead to a dangerous situation if not fixed immediately. If you’re embarking on a long journey, you should do a overall check-up of your vehicle. Preventive maintenance is the best way to keep your vehicle in absolute smooth running condition. Apart from that, it’s important to choose a reliable automotive service center who have years of experience and skills to diagnose any problem your car may have. Also there are many dishonest auto repairing centers who just want to cheat the customers by exaggerating the issues. So as a car owner, do your research properly and then choose.

  • Carla Houston
    April 25, 2018, 12:55 pm REPLY

    Radiator is a key component of the car as it helps to keep the engine cool. It maintains right temperature in the engine and is a vital part of the cooling system of the car. But if the radiator leaks ,it will start loosing coolant & automatically engine gets overheated and if it reaches the maximum, then engine breakdown may occur. So it is the responsibility of car owners to choose a reliable car service center which can properly diagnose the problem in your car & repair it correctly. To look for such a car servicing center you may refer to:
    http://www.germanmotorandautocare.com/services/.

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