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Kent Auto Repair > Radiator Repair
Kent Radiator Repair
Heat is created with your engine as the result of the friction caused by the engine components whenever the engine is running. When warmed up properly, engines run efficiently. The engine temperature is maintained by the different engine cooling components including the overflow tank reservoir, the pressure cap, the coolant, the thermostat, the water pump, the cooling fans, and the radiator. At Premier Automotive Services, our Kent radiator repair technicians are well trained with the different engine cooling component systems.
To absorb the heat from the engine, the water pump sends coolant into the engine block to stabilize the heat from the engine. The thermostat maintains the temperature of the engine by regulating the amount of coolant circulating within the engine. In order to release the heat from the engine, the coolant is then distributed to the radiator. The radiator is kept cool by airflow by the radiator cooling fans. The cooling cycle is repeated when the coolant is recycled to the engine block. The engine is kept at a safe temperature by the radiator and the cooling system working together. Our Kent radiator repair technicians thoroughly inspect the different parts of the cooling system.
Without the radiator the engine components would fail as a result of overheating. However, sometimes the cooling system leaks and a leaking radiator can be responsible for the coolant leak. At Premier Automotive Services, our Kent radiator repair technicians can replace the radiator to stop the leakage of coolant.
Checking the cooling system is the first step in identifying the leak. Problems with overheating and low coolant levels are signs of a radiator leak. Also, coolant on the floor of the garage signs of leaking coolant. The entire cooling system needs to be checked to determine if there are any other leaks even when the radiator has been determined to have a leak.
All of the cooling system hoses also need to be checked for swelling or collapsing, including the heater core hoses. All connections and hoses will be checked for signs of a leak by crusty coolant on the outside. Replacement of the suspect clamps and hoses should be done. At Premier Automotive Services, our Kent radiator repair technicians will also check and replace and leaking freeze plugs, the water pump, and possibly even the overflow reservoir.
The external perimeter of the head gaskets will be checked for crusty coolant or active leaking, including any pools of coolant just below the head gasket in the depressions in the surface of the engine. The oil in the engine will also be checked for water or coolant in the oil. This could result for the need to replace either the engine heads or the head gaskets.
The radiator will be inspected for leaking coolant, broken fins, or cracks. The radiator will be pressure tested if it is suspected of leaking but the location of the leak can’t be determined. The radiator cap will also be checked for leaks. Frequently, this requires that the radiator be removed from the automobile. The drain petcock will also be checked to make sure that it holds under pressure and doesn’t leak.
Sometimes the repair of a small leak in the radiator can be accomplished with a radiator sealer while the automobile in running and the coolant is still cold. The sealer will work its way into leaks, crannies, and nooks. The sealer will clog a small leak and form a semi-permanent seal after the engine is permitted to cool and set for a while. However, this is usually only a temporary repair because the leak will usually return. However, in many cases, the best option is to replace the radiator. At Premier Automotive Services, we only use manufacturer approved radiators.