Radiator Repair

A car's engine generates enough heat to destroy itself. It is after all an internal combustion engine. The cooling system is your only line of defense against this “self-destruction.”  By dissipating heat with circulating water, your car’s radiator and the rest of your car’s cooling system keep the engine within the correct operating temperature range. That's why preventative maintenance of the automotive cooling system is essential in helping to ensure your engine's life.

Avoid Costly Radiator Repairs

To avoid car radiator repairs, The National Automotive Radiator Service Association (NARSA) recommends that motorists have a seven-point preventative cooling system maintenance check performed at least once every two years. The following seven-point program is designed to delay premature wear of your car’s cooling system, including the radiator, heater core, water pump, thermostat, belts and hoses and identify any areas that need attention.

  • Radiator Cap test
  • Thermostat check
  • Cooling System pressure test
  • Cooling System leak test
  • Engine Belts and Engine Hoses inspection
  • Cooling System Power Flush
  • Cooling Fan test

By performing these checks, the NARSA approved radiator and cooling system specialists at Tommy’s Auto Service can help prevent cooling system problems, emergency repairs and/or replacements. 

What’s wrong With Your Radiator?

No matter what kind of radiator problem you’re having:

  • Radiator leaking
  • Radiator steaming
  • Radiator overheating

Tommy’s can repair your radiator for less money and help you avoid untimely and costly breakdowns due to your leaking radiator.

When Should I Get My Radiator Checked?

Vehicles five years and older are prime candidates for cooling system repair troubles.  NARSA experts report that cooling system failure is most frequent on vehicles with more than 50,000 miles.   However, the mileage on a vehicle is not as big a factor in the maintenance of a cooling system as is the vehicle's age. An aging vehicle has been exposed over time to environmental factors that can harm a car's cooling system and add to radiator repair costs.
The NARSA Cooling System Specialists at Tommy's Auto Service have been keeping cars in St. Petersburg and Clearwater cool since 1951 by providing services like a radiator flush, checking thermostat operation and belt tension. When a problem does arise, Tommy’s can do everything to repair your car radiator and cooling system, including repairing radiator leaks, fixing cracked hoses and replacing broken fans.

Leaking Radiator?

Does your car smell sweet when you park it? Is there always a wet spot under the engine? These are symptoms of a failing radiator and cooling system. In today’s vehicles, high-tech plastic is used for many components, including radiator tanks. While inherently strong, fiber reinforced plastic does have its Achilles heal – seams. Wherever parts of plastic are combined to make a component, there is a seam that can fail over time. Depending on a vehicles cooling system design, engine compartment configuration and installation techniques, some cars and trucks are more susceptible to a pattern of failure than others. The Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Chevy Suburban/GMC Yukon and Dodge Ram are the most common victims of premature cracked radiator tank failure.

Luckily, the solution for most of these vehicles is not a complete radiator replacement. Despite what some car dealership service departments are telling customers, these cooling systems can be repaired. We have the radiator parts and radiator repair tools to fix your leaking radiator at a fraction of the cost compared to replacing it. Ask your service advisor about our Radiator Tank Repair service.

What to look for:

  • Steam coming from the engine compartment when you park your car.
  • Sweet smell coming from your engine.
  • Temperature gauge reading higher than usual.
  • Gurgling sound when engine turned off.
  • Fluid dripping from under car.
  • Discolored areas on plastic radiator tank
  • Leaking seams on plastic radiator tank

The Tommy’s Auto Service staff of ASE Trained and AAA Approved mechanics can repair your radiator and keep your repair cost low.

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