Four Signs Your Radiator is Losing Its Cool

The worst time to get caught with a coolant system that isn’t working is this time of year when it seems like the heat is at its worst. A regular coolant flush can help your radiator run smoothly and keep your car on the road where it belongs. Keep an eye out for warning signs that it might be time to flush your cooling system and make an appointment with Performance Auto Repair if you notice any of these issues!

Is it Time for Radiator Service?

If you’re paying attention to your vehicle, you may have noticed:

The Smell of Antifreeze

Antifreeze is one of those things that you know when you smell it. If you’re starting to smell antifreeze inside or outside your vehicle, it could be time to flush your radiator. The coolant in your radiator might be leaking and taking your car to an experienced mechanic could help you figure out what’s causing the antifreeze smell.

Built-Up Rust Particles

Coolant can also pick up rust particles from other parts of your engine. Over time, these particles build up in the coolant and keep it from working as well as it should. Regularly flushing your radiator keeps the rust from clogging your system and prevents unfortunate blockages.

Your Vehicle Takes a Long Time to Start

If your car or truck is refusing to start on a very hot day, it could be that your coolant isn’t keeping the engine cool as it should. This could be caused by low coolant levels caused by a leak somewhere in your radiator or a blockage caused by rust.

It Takes Nothing for Your Car to Overheat

Does it feel like you don’t get very far down the road before your vehicle starts to overheat? Issues with your radiator or coolant may be the culprit. Bring your car or truck into Performance Auto as soon as possible for our radiator service to get back out on the road as soon and safely as possible.

Performance Auto Repair in Montgomery, AL will make sure you get the care and service you deserve. Make your appointment today or call us at (334) 245-6600!


  1. Very helpful blog, we are into auto repairs of both electrical or mechanical repairs certified by Maryland State Vehicle Inspection.

  2. Electric vehicles are actually quite cool. Air-source warmth siphons are incredible. This could be brought about by low coolant levels brought about by a hole some place in your radiator or a blockage brought about by rust.

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