Q: Radiator leaking and overheating.

asked by on January 12, 2016

My car is overheating and seems to be leaking radiator fluid. I might need the radiator replaced.

Hello, A coolant leak needs to be repaired sooner than later, as overheating can lead to engine damage. You will probably need the aid of a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who can pressurize the system with a hand pump. Adding pressure to the system will aid in finding the leak, and with the leak located a repair can be recommended.

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