When your engine is running hot, you can thank the radiator for preventing it from overheating. Responsible for keeping the engine cool, your radiator is constantly releasing a water and coolant mixture and circulating it throughout the engine. This mixture picks up the heat and fuel and sends it back into the radiator, where it utilizes air from outside of the vehicle and a fan to help cool everything down. Once cooled, the mixture is ready to be circulated throughout the engine again.
As you can tell, the radiator goes through a complex process in order to keep your engine cool, and it’s why you need the automotive professionals at Austin’s Pro Max to handle it when something goes wrong. Our professionally trained technicians and office staff utilize the latest tools, components, and service techniques to provide every repair and replacement service your radiator may need. Whether the thermostat is clogged or the radiator is leaking, we’ll know how to handle every issue it may experience!
One of the most common problems you can experience with your radiator is fluid leaks. But just because these leaks happen frequently, doesn’t mean you should overlook them. Fluid leaks can cause serious damage to your radiator and your vehicle. If not properly handled, you could find yourself with an overheated engine on the side of the road. Fortunately for you, there are some easy signs of fluid leaks you can look out for. By knowing the signs, you could avoid a potential disaster, a major repair, and expensive service bill!
This will be the easiest way to determine a leaking. Although coolant fluid comes in a variety of colors, it’ll typically have a green, pink, or orange color when it is on the ground. Make sure to inspect the radiator and the engine, as coolant does flow through both components. If it's leaking from the radiator, you’ll notice steam come from the area of the leak when the engine is warm*. Please make sure you visit us quickly as the leaking fluid can get all over your vehicle’s engine bay and can cause additional damage to other components.
*Caution should be used when inspecting fluid as it is extremely toxic to people and pets
Although the coolant level will typically rise and fall based on the temperature of your engine, the changes are very minor. If you notice a drastic drop in fluid level, that is another sign of a fluid leak. To test this, simply refill the coolant reservoir when the level is low. If after several days the level has dropped again and your engine begins to overheat, you need to visit our shop immediately.
When the radiator begins to leak fluid, it can get all over other components around your engine. If not properly cleaned up, this can lead to rust and discoloration to these parts. Make sure you take the time to wash and inspect areas that are discolored, rusted, or covered in fluid, as they may be areas where the leak first occurred.
Without the radiator, your engine would quickly overheat and that could cause serious damage to the rest of your vehicle. If you notice your radiator is failing, make sure you schedule your next radiator repair service in Spanaway, WA with Austin’s Pro Max. Our professionally trained technicians and office staff offer a variety of repair and replacement services to ensure your vehicle is always operating with the best radiator. Give us a call at 253-847-7878 and schedule an appointment with us today! In the area and want to stop by our shop? Visit us at 20027 Mountain Hwy E., we look forward to helping you and your vehicle achieve the best results possible!