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Should I replace my radiator or repair it? 

Should I replace my radiator or repair it? 

Have you ever considered repairing a slightly damaged radiator? It may not be your vehicle’s most costly component and serves a vital role as your engine’s safety guard. Radiators are crucial components of the cooling system, and it is essential to have a properly functioning cooling system, or else you’ll end up rolling your eyeballs down a terrifying repair bill. 

If you think you have a problematic radiator, you’re left with two options. You could either replace it or repair it. Many automotive shops may try to push you for a replacement, but the decision isn’t always that simple. So, before you go for anything, consider some essential questions. 

Which element is your radiator made of? Copper or aluminium? 

Radiators are usually of two types: Aluminum or a mixture of copper and brass. Copper radiators have been the standard for years, although many manufacturers use factory aluminium radiators. This may be because Copper is an accessible material to work with. Therefore, even the less skilled welders can manage to repair these radiators.   

Fortunately, aluminium radiators aren’t beyond hope. Auto shops may not work with this element, yet, a skilled welder can always have it done for you. Remember that an unskilled welder can ruin the case and necessitate a replacement, even when the requirement was just a repair. Therefore, you should have it done by someone with experience performing repairs on this type of radiator. 

Our Radiator replacement service providers in Canberra have experience dealing with all types of radiators, including aluminium core models. We’d be happy to help you with your radiator if you like.  

Did You try any temporary repairs

Unfortunately, going for temporary repairs can make your radiator a lousy candidate for a permanent fix. Especially, liquid solutions like fluids to stop leaks can cause more harm than good. Such products can gum up the internal parts of the radiator, blocking channels and reducing coolant flow. They might solve the immediate problem, but they can leave the radiator worse off. Our Radiator replacement providers in Canberra suggest that these continuous attempts at temporary fixes can cause irreparable damage and necessitate a new radiator.  

How Old are your wheels? 

If you have a really old car, then it’ll be challenging to replace your radiator. While junkyard finds can work well, you should trust used parts when dealing with the cooling system. Repairing your radiator would be preferable if the damage isn’t severe. An expert can evaluate the overall condition of the part, ensuring it won’t fail again shortly.  

How badly is it damaged? 

Evaluating the damage to the radiator is an essential step to conclude whether it would require a replacement or just a repair. 


Leaks are common problems with radiators and occur for many reasons. If one of the radiator tubes gets clogged with debris, the pressure from inside may build and cause valves to leak. Small holes caused by rocks, road debris, or accidents may also cause leaks in your radiator tubes. 

To identify leaks, the radiator needs to be flushed out. In some cases, minor leaks caused by punctured tubes can be fixed. For larger leaks or radiators with many leakage problems, replacement is more advisable to avoid future leaks. 

Clogged radiator 

A radiator can suffer two types of clogging: debris buildup on the radiator’s face and tubes. The dirt caked on the face of the radiator over time restricts airflow. Try spraying water or compressed air from the backside to clear the debris. 

Clogged tubes most often occur due to natural debris buildup in the coolant and can be quite difficult to remove. Your radiator will likely have to be disassembled by radiator replacement providers in Canberra and cleaned out to remove all clogs. 

Rusted or corroded radiator 

Rusting is a common problem as it occurs naturally over time. Just like a car’s exterior, the radiator’s exterior is susceptible to rust. Metal flakes or any other signs of minor rusting on the radiator’s surface don’t mean you need to replace it immediately. Exterior rusting only becomes problematic when it begins to affect the core. 

However, internal rusting or corrosion is a major problem that requires immediate radiator replacement. A change in the coolant colour or floating bits of debris can be a sign of internal rusting. Sludge-like coolant can also be an indication of internal corrosion. In this case, replace your radiator. 

Maintaining a healthy cooling system is always best to keep your wheels running smoothly. If you notice any signs of leaks, corrosion, rusting or clogging, get it evaluated by a professional immediately. Early attention could save you the cost of radiator replacement. Likewise, a corroded irreparable radiator can damage your entire cooling system. Removing it just in time can save other parts of your vehicle and the cost of repairing them. 

It must not be neglected now that we know the signs of a damaged radiator. If your radiator isn’t working well, your engine will likely overheat. This can lead to the pistols snapping, causing serious engine damage and resulting in your car breaking down – which is extremely dangerous, as it could cause you to lose control and crash the car. Get your damaged engines repaired ASAP, and stay safe. 


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