What can cause a radiator to go bad?

When you have a bad engine ground an electrical current will flow through the coolant and cause the metallic parts of the radiator to deteriorate. Corrosion comes from not changing the coolant often enough. Old coolant can also damage the rubber seals causing a leak between the fins and the tanks.
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Can you drive a car with a bad radiator?

Do not drive with leaking coolant. Overheating engine: Since the radiator cools the engine, a cracked radiator may not cool the engine like it is supposed to. This can cause the engine heat to rise, and eventually the vehicle will overheat. You should have your coolant system checked before you continue to drive.
  • Is it expensive to fix a coolant leak?

    Overall, you could pay $400 or more for this repair. Replacing a radiator hose is a quick and easy fix and will only run you $35 to $65 for the entire repair. A radiator replacement cost around $300 or more, depending on the size and type of your car. Don't delay when you find a coolant leak.
  • What is in Radiator Stop Leak?

    No, Bar's Leaks® Radiator Stop Leak will not clog a clean heater core. Note: If using Bar's Leaks® to stop heater core leaks, make sure you turn your heater control to HOT. Some vehicles have a valve that controls coolant flow through the core and is only opened in the HOT position.
  • Is there a radiator sealant?

    There are a few considerations to make when determining whether or not to use radiator sealant. In a pinch or an emergency situation, radiator sealant does exactly as it is supposed to do: stops the leaks. Radiator sealant is not a permanent fix as the plastic sealant will eventually wear out and the leak will return.
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What are the symptoms of a bad radiator cap?

Below is a list of what to look out for.
  • Engine Overheating. If your engine is overheating, there more than likely is a problem with the coolant and it leaking.
  • Coolant Leak. A stuck radiator cap will not be able to release fluid, allowing pressure build up.
  • Boil Over.
  • Air in the Cooling System.
  • Collapsed Radiator Hose.
  • What are the symptoms of a bad radiator cap?

    Below is a list of what to look out for.
    • Engine Overheating. If your engine is overheating, there more than likely is a problem with the coolant and it leaking.
    • Coolant Leak. A stuck radiator cap will not be able to release fluid, allowing pressure build up.
    • Boil Over.
    • Air in the Cooling System.
    • Collapsed Radiator Hose.
  • What happens when you have a bad radiator?

    When this happens, the radiator's cooling abilities drastically decrease. When one component fails to work properly, other parts throughout the cooling system also run the risk of failure. The three parts that commonly cease working after the radiator goes bad are the thermostat, water pump, and heater core.
  • How does the coolant reservoir work?

    A radiator overflow tank collects the expanding coolant that is heated by the engine and recycles it back into the coolant system once it loses enough heat. The radiator overflow tank works in conjunction with the radiator cap to protect the engine and prevent coolant loss due to overflow.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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