Radiator Replacement Near Me

How Is It Made?

  • Most modern cars use aluminum composite radiators, where the core is aluminum and the side tanks are reinforced plastic.
  • These radiators are made by brazing thin aluminum fins to flattened aluminum tubes.

Why Does It Fail?

  • Failure to service the coolant is a primary reason for failure. As coolant becomes more acidic over time, it consumes the aluminum core from the inside out.
  • Age is a common culprit in the final days of radiators.
  • Heavy use and being exposed to the elements wear down radiators.
  • Corrosion, salt and humidity cause a radiator to fail over a period of time.
  • When corrosion or contamination starts to form, it will slowly decrease the radiators capabilities until it breaks down completely.
  • Collisions can also cause radiator failure, especially if the underhood becomes tighter due to impact. At Platinum Plus Auto Repair Centers we can provide a replacement and get you back on the road.

What are Symptoms of Failure?

  • Puddles of coolant.
  • Sweat smell under the hood.
  • Overheating engine.
  • Leaking coolant.
  • Radiator sludge.

What Are the Consequences of Failure?

  • Car overheats and produces steam/smoke.
  • Bad thermostat.
  • Electric fan no longer comes on.
  • Failed head gasket.
  • Bad seal between radiator cap and expansion reservoir, or too much air in system after fluid change.