Automotive Technology of West Islip provides complete automotive radiator repair to the Long Island communities of West Islip, Bayshore and North Babylon, NY.
Why Do People Choose Automotive Technology of West Islip?
- “As always, prompt, courteous, professional service. I have been a customer for many years and have never been disappointed either by my treatment or by the service and repairs.” – Alan Storjohann
- “The people are professional, caring, and they do an excellent job.” – Elaine Polin
- “Always very reliable and friendly. Repair cost is very fair and professional. They always go the extra yard to have a satisfied customer.” – Jeanne McGuire
What is a radiator?
Simply put, the radiator is the part of the car that is responsible for preventing the engine from overheating. When a vehicle’s engine is in use, it puts off a lot of heat and friction. With the help of coolant, the radiator helps to keep the engine running at a temperature that is healthy for the vehicle.
What are common radiator problems?
- Not enough coolant. Your vehicle needs to maintain a certain amount of coolant, or the engine can overheat. Check coolant levels at every oil change to avoid having them get low. If you notice a sweet smell, almost syrup like, coming from your vehicle, it may indicate coolant is leaking.
- Failed thermostat. Though not technically a part of the radiator itself, the thermostat is often the culprit behind an overheating vehicle. It is a valve that controls how much coolant flows in or out of the radiator to keep the engine running at an optimum temperature. If the thermostat fails, your car will overheat very quickly.
- Leaking radiator hose. These are the most common source for leaks in your cooling system. The radiator hoses connect to the engine and allow coolant to flow between the two. Radiator hoses can fall victim to wear and need to be periodically replaced.
- Radiator Leak. When the radiator itself leaks, the source can be harder to find than when it is a leaking hose. Steam or bubbles coming from the radiator may point to the location of the leak. These repairs are tricky and should be handled by a professional.
- Broken water pump. This is a fairly common problem. The pump moves the coolant throughout the engine to regulate the engine temperature. When the water pump fails, the water will fail to circulate properly and your car will overheat.
- Broken radiator fan. Most modern vehicles have an electric fan that pulls air through the radiator to help keep the car cool at low and idle speeds. If your car is doing well on the freeway, but it overheats in traffic or at idle, then your radiator fan may be broken.
When you bring your vehicle in for a coolant system/radiator check-up, there are several tests that they usually perform to make sure that it is in top working order:
- Pressure test on the System– to make sure the system does not leak under pressure
- Thermostat Test– to make sure it is regulating the coolant flow properly
- Pressure Test on the Radiator Cap– to ensure that it will release at the proper pressure
- Fan Test– make sure the engine fan and all other fans are working properly
* The service station will also likely flush and refill your cooling system
Our expert auto technicians offer the best car radiator service and repair in Long Island, NY, at the best prices. We service all makes and models of vehicles and can do any repair whether it be large or small. We offer email reminders for scheduled maintenance, appointments, and walk-ins based on availability.
Call us at (631) 321-5209 or schedule an appointment online.