Chevrolet Camaro Radiator Repair/Replacement in Tualatin, Oregon
What are the OBD codes or code I might see if I have a radiator problem?
There is a code and the code you would see is “P00B7: Engine Coolant Flow Low/Performance”.
If I suspect my radiator is bad then what should I be experiencing. What are some telltale signs I can use to figure out if I am having this problem with my vehicle?
A lot of people will notice that their engine is hot or is near overheating.
What does that excess heat due to the radiator?
A radiator, usually, is made up of plastics and metals. Obviously, having a temperature that those materials cannot handle is a bad thing. The plastic pieces could become weak and break or crack. If they do crack then there could be a coolant leak.
What color is coolant? I’d like to know in case I see some.
The specific type of coolant you would see here usually is green or pink.
What happens if there is a leak and I have no idea about it?
The coolant will get older and it will start to break down and some of it will become solid. The solid pieces could clog systems and cause a lot of trouble for the vehicle. If your vehicle has a leak or a clogged radiator then it should be replaced as soon as possible.
I heard it can have more issues if I have an automatic transmission. Why is that?
Automatic transmission cars can have a transmission cooler with the radiator. If the cooler fails then it could allow the coolant and the transmission fluid to mix together.
What happens if those two things mix together?
If the transmission cooler’s liquids mix with the transmission fluid then you could find that you have shifting problems and overheating problems at the same time.
Is there a certain time period or mileage I can look out for so that I can avoid this problem?
A lot of people have their radiator replaced around 80,000 miles. However, when a radiator needs a replacement varies due to where you drive and how you drive.
Having someone work on my vehicle makes me kinda nervous. Could you tell me how all this would work? How are you going to figure out if I have a radiator problem?
A tech or mechanic will check the water pump, cooling fans, your thermostat, and heater hoses to make sure that it is not something else that is causing the problem. They will, of course, also look at the radiator hoses for leaks or damage from age. If you have had your engine overheat then they will look at the engine for damage. They will take a close look at the thermostat housing and the intake manifolds. The head gasket will also be checked in case it is leaking. They will also check the cooling system when the vehicle is cooled down with a pressure test. The pressure test helps determine if the cooling system is sealed.