The radiator is an important part for making sure your vehicle is efficient and reliable. Designed as a heat exchanger, your vehicle’s radiator uses a liquid-based coolant in the fluid to air cooling process. As a result, the easiest way to spot a leaking issue is to keep an eye on your garage floor or driveway. Coolants come in a number of different colors, but leaking fluid will typically look sticky and be bright green, orange or pink in color. A sweet smell is also common with coolant. It’s important to note that coolant often flows along component surfaces in the engine compartment.

Watch the coolant level

A quick drop in your vehicle’s coolant reservoir level can generally be a good indication that your radiator is leaking. As the coolant level in the radiator normally rises and falls with engine temperature, small changes or drops in the reservoir level are not unusual, however, a drastic drop is typically a sign of leakage. If you think there may be a leak, fill the coolant reservoir and check the level after several days of normal driving. If you notice your temperature gauge rising or experience frequent engine overheating, make sure to schedule an appointment.

Rust and other issues

Rust and discoloration on your radiator is an issue. The surrounding engine components is also a sign that your radiator may be leaking. Hoses and clamps are also subject to normal wear and damage. They should be washed and inspected to find possible cracks and leaks. If you notice a leak with the radiator, make an appointment with us. Noticing an issue at the first sign can help prevent further time, money, stress, and damage in the long run. It will also help your vehicle to be reliable when you would need to drive this winter.