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How does a radiator work?

A radiator cools the engine, as heat from the fluid is transferred to the outside air. Mounted in the front of the vehicle where it will receive the most air flow, coolant is pumped from a radiator and circulates through passages in the engine block and heads.

What can go wrong with a radiator?

Is there enough antifreeze in the radiator? That’s the first thing to check. If the antifreeze is low, it can cause the engine to overheat. Other problems can be caused from leaks from damaged radiator hoses and split seams or holes in the radiator. Radiators can get clogged from dirt and debris, and some auto professionals recommend flushing out the radiator once a year to prevent problems.

What are my options?

Although an owner or a quick lube shop can flush out a radiator, it may be necessary to take the vehicle to an auto repair shop for more serious repairs. Automotive vendors advertise repair services and/or sell parts or service manuals online.