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02/27/2013
By: timothy.anderson.581
Hong Radiator Repair
I have been going to see Mr. Hong for over 3 years now. He has been working on my '89 Honda Civic. He and his staff are knowledgable, friendly. They always have very good prices for their services and NEVER play any games with me. It says, "Radiator Repair" but he does everything. Even if it is a little out of the way for you, it is worth the trip, go see him for your car care.
Tips & Advices
The cost of repairing a radiator can range from $15-$200 or more. A new hose can be purchased you can get the job done by purchasing a hose for between $15-$50.  If the water pump needs replacement, one can be purchased for $35-$75. Hiring a professional mechanic to repair a radiator will cost $80-$125 hour, and repairs typically take one or two hours.
Self-installing a radiator can be difficult without having  previous experience working under a car's hood. The process involves allowing the radiator to cool, and then draining all the coolant. The radiator's sensors, hoses, and fans need to be unhooked. Next, the radiator is unscrewed and removed from the frame, and the new radiator is installed.
When selecting a new radiator, look for one made by a brand with a strong reputation, since quality can vary tremendously among brands. Crossflow radiators tend to be more efficient, but some older cars will only accommodate downflow radiators. Determine whether you want to purchase a plastic, aluminum, or copper radiator. Aluminum radiators offer superior cooling capacity.
Aftermarket radiators are safe to use. The benefit of aftermarket radiators is that they are often less expensive than radiators from the car's manufacturer. It's possible to find high-quality aftermarket radiators, and there are many solid choices out there. However, the quality can vary significantly from brand to brand.
Radiators can be repaired. If the temperature gauge on the car's dash is reading higher than normal, it's a good idea to get a mechanic to take a look at the car's radiator and cooling system to see if repairs are necessary. Prompt radiator repair can help avoid costly engine damage.

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