Kia Spectra Car Radiator Replacement

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Car Radiator Replacement Estimate for Kia Spectra

Kia Spectra Car Radiator Replacement costs $306 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

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$286 to $358
Labor: $70 -$108
Parts: $216 -$250
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$529 to 616
Average Shop price
$356 to 416
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2006 Kia SpectraL4-2.0LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$584.38Shop/Dealer Price$726.49 - $1114.54
2005 Kia SpectraL4-2.0LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$580.38Shop/Dealer Price$718.20 - $1103.02
2002 Kia SpectraL4-1.8LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$512.32Shop/Dealer Price$634.33 - $969.02
2000 Kia SpectraL4-1.8LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$502.32Shop/Dealer Price$626.32 - $962.50
2003 Kia SpectraL4-1.8LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$504.66Shop/Dealer Price$626.34 - $962.10
2009 Kia SpectraL4-2.0LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$570.38Shop/Dealer Price$706.56 - $1090.16
2004 Kia SpectraL4-1.8LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$504.66Shop/Dealer Price$624.68 - $959.19
2008 Kia SpectraL4-2.0LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$570.38Shop/Dealer Price$708.07 - $1092.80
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Car Radiator Replacement Service & Cost

What is the Radiator all about?

The radiator performs a critical function; it keeps the engine from overheating. While running, the engine produces heat. Coolant flowing through the system absorbs and removes extra heat from the engine. The coolant then passes through the radiator where it cools off and is later circulated back to the engine to absorb heat again.

A radiator has two tanks that are connected to each other through aluminum or brass tubes. When the coolant passes through these tubes, the radiator cooling fan blows air across the radiator to lower the temperature of the coolant. The tank is usually made of plastic, and it is common for it to crack and start leaking coolant. If the tank or the tubes crack, coolant will leak , the vehicle will overheat and could cause severe engine damage. Radiators also tend to clog over time. When this occurs, not enough coolant flows through the radiator leading to heat build-up, causing the engine to overheat.

Radiator

Keep in mind:

  • When replacing the radiator, it is best to also replace the radiator cap and thermostat.
  • After your radiator is replaced, it is best to have it checked for leaks, to assure that everything is in working order.
  • When the radiator is replaced, the entire cooling system should be checked, especially the radiator hoses.

How it's done:

  • Inspect radiator for leaks.
  • Pressure test cooling system.
  • Remove and replace the radiator.
  • Fill radiator with proper mixture of 50/50 coolant.
  • Recheck for leaks.

Our recommendation:

Follow the service maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer to get the coolant replaced at regular intervals. It is a good practice to change the coolant every 25,000-40,000 miles. Replacing the coolant will ensure it is free of contaminants such as rust or scale that can block it from flowing through the radiator and engine. Given high engine temperatures, it is inevitable that the tanks in the radiator will eventually crack. The thermostat should be replaced when replacing the radiator as well as any necessary radiator hoses.The system should also be flushed out of all old coolant to remove any contamination.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Radiator?

  • Car is overheating.
  • Coolant (red, yellow, green fluid) is leaking.

How important is this service?

If a defective radiator is not replaced, the overheating of the engine can potentially lead to serious internal engine damage.

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Real customer reviews from Kia owners like you.

Luke

12 years of experience
137 reviews
Luke
12 years of experience
For starters, I really wish Luke was with me when I bought my car. He would have told me not to buy it and the dealership lied when the said they had fixed everything. They "fixed" My radiator with stop leak. Luke changed out the radiator after he did a flush. All I can day is YUCK! He had all the work done fast and made it look easy. He cleans up after himself and even found the bolt that my hubby lost to anchor down the battery my hubby changed out. My car is running great. No overheating. Thanks, Luke!
2008 KIA SPECTRA - RADIATOR - SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI

Grzegorz

37 years of experience
388 reviews
Grzegorz
37 years of experience
Grzegorzs is the best mechanic in the Bay Area hands down! He went the extra mile (pun intended) taking care of my Kia spectra to make sure everything was working properly. I never felt taken advantage of or price gouged which unfortunately can happen with a lot of mechanics. Great work!
2007 KIA SPECTRA - RADIATOR - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Peter

39 years of experience
789 reviews
Peter
39 years of experience
Peter was through in his replacing the radiator. Cleaned up the work space and did a nice job. Would recommend him for any automotive repair. I will ask for him next time!
2008 KIA SPECTRA - RADIATOR - BUCKEYE, ARIZONA
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2006 Kia SpectraL4-2.0LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$584.38Shop/Dealer Price$726.49 - $1114.54
2005 Kia SpectraL4-2.0LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$580.38Shop/Dealer Price$718.20 - $1103.02
2002 Kia SpectraL4-1.8LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$512.32Shop/Dealer Price$634.33 - $969.02
2000 Kia SpectraL4-1.8LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$502.32Shop/Dealer Price$626.32 - $962.50
2003 Kia SpectraL4-1.8LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$504.66Shop/Dealer Price$626.34 - $962.10
2009 Kia SpectraL4-2.0LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$570.38Shop/Dealer Price$706.56 - $1090.16
2004 Kia SpectraL4-1.8LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$504.66Shop/Dealer Price$624.68 - $959.19
2008 Kia SpectraL4-2.0LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$570.38Shop/Dealer Price$708.07 - $1092.80
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