If your radiator needs to be replaced, there’s a good chance you have noticed your vehicle acting up. When a radiator starts to go out, the signs that there is a problem may be hard to notice. The longer it goes without being replaced or repaired, the worse they will become, and the harder they will be to ignore. The radiator helps keep your car cool and if you don’t fix it, it could cause more severe problems with your engine. If you think your radiator may have a problem consider taking it to a Mesa, AZ auto repair center. Here’s how to tell if you need a new radiator.

Leaking Coolant

Sometimes a radiator can develop a leak or become cracked. This can happen if you run out of coolant and water freezes in it, if you have an accident, or if you hit a curb or bump in the road too hard. If the coolant leaks out, it may not be making it to the engine and won’t cool it. This could cause problems. If you notice your vehicle is leaking coolant, it could be coming from the radiator. It may be able to be fixed or replaced.

Discolored Coolant

If you check your coolant or if it appears to be an off-color in the reservoir, it’s a sign your radiator isn’t working as it should. There could be dirt or oil mixing with the coolant and causing it to become dirty. This could be a sign that the radiator is busted, or that it’s not doing its job. It could also be something as simple as replacing the coolant. It’s a good idea to take your car to a shop to find out why the coolant is discolored and to make sure there’s not a problem with your radiator.

Car Overheats

The most obvious and severe problem that a bad radiator can cause is for your car to overheat. The radiator helps pump coolant into the engine to keep it cool. If the radiator fails to pump the coolant or if it’s busted and allows the coolant to leak out, the engine can overheat. If this goes on for too long, the engine could become severely damaged or even blow up. That’s why it’s important to have your radiator replaced or repaired as soon as you notice a problem.

If you are vehicle’s radiator is causing issues with your engine or if you think it may just be leaking, you should make plans to have it repaired. You can take your car to a Mesa, AZ auto repair for repairs. You can call Network Automotive Service Center for help. Just call or stop by the service center to make an appointment. We can inspect your car and determine if the radiator is failing and if it can be replaced or needs to be repaired instead. We are here to help with all your repair needs.