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There are several sign that your radiator needs repair or replacement. First and most obvious, is steam emitting from your radiator from overheating. A leak in the radiator may cause an unusual smell that is noticeable while driving as leaking radiator fluid lands on hot exhaust manifolds and steams. Puddles under a parked car are another sign. Your heater not working is often a good sign because, and most people do not know this, heat from the heater is drawn from the radiator. If the fluid is low or empty, the heater will not work. Keep an eye on your temperature gauge if you have one. Know what your normal operating temperature is. Steam, chemical smells, heater malfunction and puddles are strong indicators.
A radiator does not always need to be removed to be repaired. For instance, small pinholes in the radiator can often be effectively repaired by pouring an over-the-counter sealant into the radiator. As the sealant circulates, it finds the hole and plugs the leak. This is a very common fix. Hoses and clamps do not require radiator removal. Larger fixes and radiator replacement are a different situation and, obviously, will require removal.
Depending on the severity of the damage, the availability of parts, and the competency of the mechanic, radiator repair is easily done in a day. If parts need to be ordered, that can delay the process. A radiator repair should not take more than two days.
Depending on the severity of the damage, most radiators are repairable. Small holes, broken hoses and clamps, cores, and thermostats, etc., are all easily repairable or replaceable by a competent mechanic. Severe corrosion is not fixable, so stay on top of changing the fluid and consult your owner’s manual or service technician for guidance. A collision-damaged or severely blown radiator is probably not fixable and will likely need replacement.
There are three basic types of radiators; brass and copper, plastic, and aluminum. Brass and copper radiators are the sturdiest and most efficient at cooling, but are heavier and more expensive than their counterparts. Aluminum radiators are much cheaper to produce and weigh up to 1/3 of the standard brass and copper radiators. Plastic radiators are cost efficient from a manufacturing standpoint, excel at efficient heat removal and are very light weight which increased fuel efficiency. All three are good options.

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