5 Symptoms of a Bad Radiator Fan (and Replacement Cost)

faulty radiator fan

For a vehicle to run at peak efficiency, its engine must operate within the desired temperature range. When operating below this threshold for lengthy periods of time, combustion efficiency suffers, while noxious exhaust emissions increase significantly. On the other hand, engine operation at a higher than intended temperature can cause extensive damage, over even a … Read more

Overfilled Your Coolant? (Here’s What Can Happen)

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Overfilling your cooling system is not a good idea. In this article we will discuss what can happen if you overfill your coolant, how to remove excess coolant, and how to correctly top off your coolant. But first let’s look under the hood and examine the two different types of coolant tanks that might be … Read more

7 Causes of a Cold Lower Radiator Hose

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If you are having cooling system problems with your car, truck, or SUV, such as intermittent or continuous elevated engine temperature, the presence of a cold lower radiator hose may help in the diagnosis of the problem. This can be true because a cold lower hose is an indicator that coolant (antifreeze) is not properly … Read more

3 Causes of Radiator Hose Collapse (and How to Fix It)

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Radiator hoses convey engine coolant to and from the radiator. The upper hose carries hot coolant from the engine to the radiator. The lower hose carries the cooled fluid back to the water pump and then back into the engine. The water pump circulates this coolant continuously while the engine is running. These hoses are … Read more

Can I Put Water In My Radiator in an Emergency?

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Summer has finally arrived, and you are enroute to the beach for a much anticipated family vacation. All is well, and you are only a few short hours from your destination when the unexpected brings your travel to an abrupt halt. As the reading presented by your vehicle’s temperature gauge begins to skyrocket, you realize … Read more

Understanding the Different Types (and Colors) of Coolant

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The gasoline or diesel engine in your car or truck produces the necessary power to push you down the road. At the same time, that engine produces a considerable amount of waste energy in the form of heat. And that heat must be extracted from the mechanisms inside the engine and efficiently dumped to the … Read more

Losing Coolant But No Visible Leaks? (Here’s What to Do)

losing coolant but no leaks

While you should check your fluid levels every time you fill-up the gas tank, most people leave it to the mechanics. It’s a huge mistake. Just because you don’t see any fluids on the ground doesn’t mean that everything is working as it should.  There are multiple places your coolant could be ending up, and … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Coolant Temp Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

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Today’s vehicles utilize an elaborate network of sensors, modules, and wires to assist an engine in achieving the highest degree of operational efficiency. The sensors contained within this network monitor a number of values related to critical engine operation, and relay data to their corresponding modules for interpretation.  However, as is often the case with … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Bad Radiator Cap (and When to Replace)

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Combustion engines generate a lot of heat just from normal operation. Without removing heat from the engine, the vehicle will encounter a slew of problems that eventually lead to engine failure. A failure of the cooling system could leave you stranded, and may even cause total engine failure in extreme cases. Fortunately, a common and … Read more