Radiator Services in Livermore
Is your old radiator rusted out and causing your car to overheat in the Livermore, CA area? Call us at (925) 455-9338 and get professional radiator services from experienced mechanics today!
A radiator is essential to an automobile's operation. Oil provides some cooling in addition to lubrication but it is not enough to keep engine heat within a safe operation range. As the temperature in your engine rises, the radiator kicks into action and cools everything down. If it’s damaged you could find yourself stranded with an overheated car. At Advanced Auto Livermore we provide you with efficient radiator services and get you back on the road without breaking the bank. See what our past customers are saying here, and call us today!
What Are Common Issues That Affect Radiators?
The top three issues that most will face with their radiator include rust buildup, overheating, and leaks.
- Leaks can occur with age as the radiator is worn from use, accidents that damage it, or holes rusting through it. This can in turn cause your radiator to lose functionality and eventually fail to cool your car.
- Rust can cause more problems than leaks though. Rust buildup on the inside of the radiator can taint the coolant which causes it to perform suboptimally. Rust occurs over time as the radiator itself breaks down from age.
- Overheating is caused when other parts of the cooling system fail to function properly. This will in turn prevent the radiator from working and eventually result in higher than usual engine temperatures.
What Is A Radiator And How Important Is It To An Automobile?
The radiator serves an essential function in keeping the engine cool during operation. Temperatures in the engine block regularly reach the boiling point. The engine itself cannot withstand these extreme temperatures for an extended time.
The radiator is constructed as a reservoir for a mixture of coolant and distilled water. The mixture flows from the radiator into various chambers in the engine where heat is transferred to the fluid. The superheated fluid is then pumped through a rubber hose back into the radiator where it can cool.
Radiators are built with fins and indentations to maximize the area that wind can contact. The cooling fan and driving of the car circulates air over the radiator which pulls heat away. This entire process is necessary to keep the car cool and running whenever you drive.
What Are Common Signs Of A Faulty Radiator?
A faulty radiator is not a problem to overlook. The inefficient cooling of an engine can cause severe damage that may result in needing to replace the engine. Common signs of problems with the radiator include:
- Automobile overheating or operating in an abnormal heat range.
- Severe coolant loss may indicate worn parts, hoses, or damage.
- Dark, discolored coolant may indicate loose rust which impacts heat absorption.
- The AC blowing hot air which may indicate hot coolant is not circulating from the engine.
How Can You Keep Your Radiator Well Maintained?
Inspection and regular maintenance are essential to identifying problems before they become a severe and costly issue. A faulty radiator can end in a severely damaged engine which will cost far more to replace in the long run.
- Check and top off fluid levels regularly. Low coolant levels can actually cause damage to the coolant system of your automobile. Needing to top it off more than a couple times a year usually indicates a leak. At that point, have it professionally inspected and tested.
- Keep an eye on the operating temperature. If it is abnormal or heats up rapidly, the vehicle may need radiator maintenance.
- A visual inspection can tip off potential problems. Look for rusted clamps, cracked hoses, corrosion or cracks on the radiator itself, or a damaged gasket.
Do You Need Professional Services For A Radiator?
A radiator should be inspected and tested by a professional at least once every two years depending on its condition. Our mechanics can perform several tests to ensure it is in good working order, including, but not limited to:
- Fan testing to ensure all fans are working properly.
- Pressure testing on the cap to ensure it releases at the right pressure.
- Pressure testing on the system to check for any errant leaks.
- Thermostat testing to ensure the system is regulating coolant the way it should.
- A flush and refill for the coolant system.
Regular maintenance and care will dramatically increase the life of the automobile's radiator. Some can last as long as the vehicle lasts! If you're having a problem with your vehicle's radiator or cooling system; give Advanced Auto Livermore a call today!
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Is your car radiator causing you headaches? Call us at (925) 455-9338 and get professional radiator services from our ASC & ASE certified mechanics today!