When your car appears to be having radiator trouble, you need to take it seriously. As one of the most important components of your vehicle, the radiator must be operating smoothly for you to be able to drive safely. At AAMCO, our expert mechanics have the knowledge and experience to accurately diagnose and repair problems with your radiator, so if your car is demonstrating any of the below symptoms, don’t wait. Bring it in to one of our AAMCO locations and let us put your car back on the road to recovery.

The function of a radiator is to keep your car cool enough to run safely and effectively. A malfunctioning radiator can’t keep your car at a safe operating temperature. Problems with auto radiators can develop without you realizing it when small particles of debris (like rust and dirt) clog your radiator. When this happens, your radiator loses the ability to cool off your engine—which can have potentially disastrous consequences, including leaving you stranded.

One of the most common warning signs of radiator trouble is a low coolant level, which usually means you have a leak. This is problematic because radiator coolant is what circulates through the radiator hoses and keeps your engine’s temperature down. The other likely sign of radiator trouble is when you notice smoke coming from under the hood of your car. This means that your engine is no longer at a safe temperature, and the best thing to do is pull over immediately and start exploring other options for travel (such as a tow truck or a taxi.)

To avoid either of these scenarios, make sure you’re up-to-date with your routine car maintenance. The best way to keep your radiator in top shape is with a radiator flush, which keeps your radiator clean and free of debris. You can perform this procedure yourself, but if you’re not familiar with basic radiator maintenance, it’s best to bring your car into a garage. Check your car’s radiator coolant regularly to keep it from dropping to dangerously low levels.

As with almost all potential car problems, the best method of prevention is regular maintenance and early detection. Your coolant system should be checked at least once a year by a professional mechanic. Make sure you are bringing your car in for the recommended checkups, and don’t overlook signs that your radiator isn’t functioning effectively. If you’re not sure, our radiator repair experts are here to answer your questions and check your vehicle for any radiator problems.

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