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How to Replace a Car Radiator
Car radiators remove heat from coolant after it's cycled through the car engine. Cars overheat and damage is caused without a functioning radiator.
How to Repair a Leaking Car Radiator
The radiator is the start of your car’s cooling system. Coolant from the engine travels through tubes in the radiator. These tubes are surrounded by fins designed to direct airflow. The air...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Cooler
Common signs include oil or coolant leaking from the oil cooler, oil getting in the cooling system, and coolant getting in the oil.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Radiator Drain Cock
Common signs include leaking coolant, especially around the radiator drain cock, and threads stripping on the drain cock.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Radiator
Common signs include leaking coolant, vehicle overheating, sludge, and low coolant.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Stay Rod
Common signs your classic car has a failing stay rod include rattling noises from the front and a radiator that looks tilted or about to fall.
Is it Safe to Drive With a Cracked Radiator?
The radiator in your vehicle is used for cooling the internal combustion of the engine. Coolant is passed through the engine block, the heat is absorbed, and then fed into the radiator....
How Long Does a Radiator Drain Cock Last?
Your car’s coolant system is one of the most critical on the entire vehicle. Without it, the engine would quickly overheat, causing devastating damage. Coolant is cycled from the radiator, through...
How to Buy a Good Quality Cooling System Flush
Your radiator does the important job of helping to keep the engine cool. Overheating can cause serious, expensive damage like a blown head gasket (which typically requires complete engine replacement) or...
How to Add Radiator Fluid
The radiator is at the heart of your car’s cooling system. This system directs radiator fluid or coolant around the engine’s cylinder heads and valves to absorb their heat...
How Long Does a Radiator Last?
Your car’s coolant system is vital to ensure that the engine stays within operating temperature limits and does not overheat. It’s comprised of several different components. The radiator is the largest, but there...
How Long Does a Stay Rod Last?
In order to operate safely, your car’s engine needs coolant and a way to disperse the heat the coolant absorbs. That’s where the radiator comes in. It’s a crucial component of your...
How to Replace a Radiator Hose
The radiator hose is an important part of your vehicle’s cooling system. The hose carries the coolant to the radiator, where the fluid is cooled, then back to the engine...
How to Change a Radiator Valve
A radiator valve allows coolant into the radiator in order to cool off the engine once the coolant has reached a certain temperature.
How to Replace a Cooling Fan Relay on Most Vehicles
Cooling fan relays fail when the radiator cooling fan no longer receives an electrical signal. A broken fan relay means the radiator cannot cool down.
How to Pressure Test a Radiator Cap
Radiator caps are pressure tested using a cooling system pressure tester. This shows if the pressure in the cooling system is at a healthy level.
How to Replace a Radiator Fan Motor on Most Cars
The fan motor on the radiator fails when the engine overheats and the fan does not activate. This means that the coolant cannot cool the engine well.
How to Replace a Radiator Drain Cock
The radiator drain plug goes bad when the oil pressure is lower than normal, there is leaking coolant, or the Check Engine Light is on.
How to Buy a Good Quality Cooling/Radiator Fan Motor
Fans are necessary to keep the components under your car’s hood from overheating. Excessive heat can cause warping, melting, and other damage, not to mention the additional energy suck. The radiator...

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Vehicle is getting hot after 10 minutes of driving.
If you are referring to the metal radiator pressure cap, leaving that cap off will cause coolant loss and overheating. Leaving the plastic cap off of the plastic overflow reservoir may cause coolant loss if the overflow pick-up tube is...
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i'm looking for a radiator fan for my 2010 hyundia Sonota. What model sonotas can I get one off of to work on my car?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing the sub-model of the vehicle it is difficult to say. The Sonatas do use different designs for their models. You are going to want to find one on a 2009-2010. If you...
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It keeps on beeping and shows a radiator sign on the screen
Hello, thank you for writing in. When you are in this type of position the best thing to do is get a third opinion. If you do not have that option for one reason or another, you will want to...
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coolant overflow and overheating
If your dash gauge showing engine temperature is working properly and the gauge shows normal temperature, a possible cause of the "overheating" you are describing is a faulty radiator pressure cap. The radiator cap is designed to maintain a closed...
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Overheating
If the radiator has to be replaced because it leaks, that replacement can be performed right at your location (without moving the car) by a mobile mechanic. If you desire that service, please request radiator replacement and the responding certified...
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How do you keep an engine from cracking in cold weather without a radiator?
Hi there. The best thing to do is remove the radiator cap to the radiator and try to untwist the lower radiator hose if you can. If you cannot untwist the hose and the coolant is full or if there...
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Cooling fan not coming on
The electric radiator cooling fans are powered through relays, a fuse, and a temperature switch. The fan motors themselves should be tested (the fan motors can be independently powered, on or off the car, to see if they work properly)...
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My engine is overheating.
Hi there. Check the condition of the coolant and see if its full and new. I recommend putting a new radiator cap on and putting in a new thermostat. Once a thermostat is introduced to the atmosphere after being submerged...
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overheating
The thermostat should not be removed from the engine (except for short term testing) and that tactic is never an accepted repair strategy that a professional mechanic would employ to solve an engine overheating problem. Removing the engine thermostat will...
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found a patch of transmission fluid on the ground burning smell below my radiator
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely experiencing a leak or other malfunction with the cooling system. It is difficult to say without performing an inspection, but you can perform a basic one just by visually looking...
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Will a radiator from a 09 impala fit
The radiator from the 2009 Impala does not cross reference to the 2000 Lumina, probably partly because the 2009 Impala engine is larger and so requires more cooling capacity. Depending on your VIN number, it looks like all model year...
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cracked radiator
Depending on the exact location of the crack, there are epoxies, fillers, and putties that can be somewhat to very successful in repairing cracks or holes in radiators. Any auto parts store will be able to guide you in selecting...
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My car constantly overheats within a couple of minutes and I've had all of the cooling system replaced already.
Hi there. If the engine takes a little time to overheat, then it is possible that the radiator could be plugged up. If the engine overheats fast, then either there is air in the cooling system or one or both...
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2001 Monte Carlo 3.4L overheating. Does not blow warm air.
Hello. We will be happy to assist you. After the radiator was replaced the coolant system should have been pressure tested to make sure there are no more leaks present. If there are no more leaks present the coolant system...
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Installing New Radiator
Hello. We will be happy to assist you. It will best to get a direct fit radiator for your vehicle. If the direct fit radiator is unavailable then you may not have a choice but to use the radiator you...
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coolant replacement
Hello. The radiator cap for your particular vehicle can be purchased a part store like Advanced Auto or AutoZone. The radiator cap should cost about 8 to 15 dollars. The Duralast and Dorman radiator cap listed at AutoZone should fit...
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Need to know if 95' and 94' Mercedes car parts are interchangeable? 1994 Mercedes C280
Hello - yes, the radiators between the 1994 and 1995 C280 interchange.
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Car Temperature Rising
You should first confirm that the temperature controlled radiator cooling fans are functioning. If they are not working, or not working well, that would cause overheating at idle. The only way to condemn a radiator, other than if it is...
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Is it a blown head gasket?
Hello. If it leak shows up after 20 minutes of the vehicle running even after you put the k seal in you will still have to replace the radiator because the k seal isn't properly doing its job in fixing...

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