Radiator Repair & Coolant Service in Montgomery

Your car’s Engine Cooling System has two main functions: to carry heat away from the engine and to maintain the correct operating temperature. The Engine Cooling System circulates coolant, also known as antifreeze, around the components where heat is generated. The heat from those components is transferred into the coolant liquid, which flows through to the radiator to be cooled.

It is important that the cooling system be filled with an appropriate amount of antifreeze/coolant mixed with water. This optimum quantity and mix helps reduce the risk of the engine overheating or freezing. Antifreeze/coolant also inhibits the formation of rust and corrosion in the cooling system. For these reasons, Performance Auto recommends regular coolant service for every vehicle to prevent damage to your automobile.

Avoid Radiator Repair with Regular Maintenance

Radiator Repair and coolant service in Montgomery, AL

Anything that poses an obstacle to the cooling system’s ability to absorb, transport and dissipate heat, can result in engine overheating. Repeated episodes of overheating can shorten the life of your vehicle’s engine and radiator. Regular flushing and changing of the coolant and periodic testing helps keep the corrosion inhibiting properties of the coolant in proper balance and helps minimize the need for unnecessary auto radiator repair service.

Failing to maintain the engine cooling system is the the second most common cause for vehicle failure. In most cases, this is totally preventable. The risk can be all but done away with by keeping up with routine maintenance. Coolant system failure is fairly common, but it need not be, since it is actually very easy to prevent.

The radiator is the most recognizable part of the Engine Cooling System. The radiator is filled with a mixture of antifreeze and water and connected to the engine by hoses. The radiator coolant fluid draws heat off the engine and then goes into the radiator. The fins within the radiator body draw heat away from the radiator coolant. Air passes through the cooling fins, drawing heat from the coolant and then passes through the engine water jacket for another cycle.

The proper coolant mixture can help prevent engine damage. There are several reasons for your cooling system to fail. Most commonly, it is a result of the coolant itself. Coolant is a mixture of water and antifreeze. The proper mixture keeps the coolant from either boiling away or freezing. Failure to prevent either of these issues can result in massive engine damage.

The age of the coolant is another important issue that is often overlooked. Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system from corrosion. Over time, these additives become stale and they can’t protect the radiator and other parts from rust, scaling and corrosion. Old coolant may continue to keep your engine from overheating, but it won’t protect it from corrosion. When old antifreeze becomes an issue, you need a coolant flush to keep things running smoothly.

If the temperature gauge shows signs of overheating have your cooling system checked by the Advanced Level ASE Certified Technicians at Performance Auto Repair so you can avoid radiator repair.

Components of the Engine Cooling System:

Radiator Radiator cap Radiator hoses
Radiator fan Fan clutch Fan belts
Serpentine belt Water pump Thermostat
Cooling sensor Heater core Heater hoses
Temperature sensor Antifreeze / coolant

Radiator and Coolant Service Includes:

•Inspecting the radiator and the radiator hoses for leaks.
•Evacuating the old antifreeze/coolant.
•Addition of flush chemicals to the radiator to clean the cooling system.
•Refilling the cooling system with the appropriate type and amount of antifreeze/coolant.

During the inspection of the cooling system, if there is a part found that needs to be repaired or replaced, one of the Advanced Level ASE Certified Technicians at Performance Auto Repair will explain the situation and get your approval before any work is done.

Radiator Cap Repair

The radiator cap, also known as a “pressure cap”, controls pressure in the cooling system. The cap may be mounted on the radiator filler neck or on top of the coolant reservoir. If the radiator cap becomes damaged it will not properly control the pressure and radiator repair may be needed.

Radiator Cap Service Includes:

•Inspecting for antifreeze/coolant leaks around the radiator cap and reservoir seals.
•Inspecting for damage to the radiator cap to filler neck or reservoir seals.
•Inspecting the radiator cap for cracks, seal or thread damage and tab retention damage.
•Pressure testing the radiator cap to ensure it holds the proper pressure.
•Replacing the radiator cap with a new cap that meets OEM specifications if damage if found.

If you see a warning message to check the coolant or if the temperature gauge moves up into the “hot” or “red” zone that means your cooling system needs to be checked. It is ok to add water or antifreeze yourself, but you should always be cautious.

Remember these four radiator repair precautions

These are the four most impoartant things to remember when it comes to auto radiator repair service:

•Never open the radiator pressure cap when the engine is hot. You could be severely burned.

•Try to get to a service center immediately for radiator repair if your coolant is low. If that is not possible, follow the directions in your owners manual – it will inform you to only make additions to the coolant overflow bottle.

•Remember the radiator needs a proper mixture of antifreeze and water. If you have to make an emergency addition of water or antifreeze to your cooling system, follow-up with Performance Auto Repair where the necessary corrections can be made to the fluid by testing the mixture with properly calibrated equipment or you may face radiator repair.

•Don’t forget, not all vehicles use the same type of antifreeze. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to make sure you use the right type and grade. Mixing different types of antifreeze or using the incorrect type may void the manufacturer’s warranty on your cooling system and cause you to need radiator repair.

A radiator fluid change is inexpensive compared to radiator repair. Performance Auto Repair has the equipment to change your coolant making sure the proper mixture of antifreeze and water is attained both quickly and inexpensively so you can avoid costly radiator repair.

Get the Auto Radiator Repair Service You Need

With proper maintenance, you can often avoid the need for auto radiator repair service. If you do need radiator inspection or radiator repair, our skilled team is ready to help. We have over 17 years of experience providing our clients with auto services like radiator repair and coolant service, so we know how to get you back on the road fast.

Call Performance Auto Repair of Montgomery today at (334) 245-6600 to talk to a Certified Automotive Repair Specialist about radiator repair and coolant service!