When you need a radiator repair performed in Phoenix, AZ, the team from Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum is ready to get the job done in a highly professional manner. Our service team is skilled in all types of radiator repair, including diagnostics and complete radiator replacement. There’s no one more equipped to perform high quality radiator repair in Phoenix AZ than Chelsee’s AC & Brake!
Trusted Radiator Repair in Phoenix, AZ
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We can fix small leaks or larger cracks, and we can offer you options for a new radiator if your current one is too damaged to fix. Anything in between – from loose hoses to clogged radiators – can be handled within just a few hours. Often, you won’t even have to leave your car or truck…we do many services while you wait!
Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum doesn’t just want to be good; we want to be undeniably the BEST radiator repair center in Phoenix! In that effort, we aim to offer all of the following:
- Honest advice – We always give trustworthy advice about muffler repair and all other auto-related services. The last thing you need is a so-called ‘expert’ advising you about expensive services that your vehicle doesn’t really need.
- Detail-focused service – When we perform radiator replacement or repair, no matter how big or small, our team will inspect all the components associated with the radiator as well, such as the hoses, clamps, and fan, just to make sure everything is working as it should after the repairs are complete.
- High-quality repair options – Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum uses the highest quality parts so your repairs will last. A professionally repaired or replaced radiator should give you as many years of use as the original. Only a professional repair team can guarantee that the work is done at a high enough standard to make that happen.
We can work on any model of radiator and will use the proper parts to repair any issues that you are experiencing. Our mechanics are highly trained and work meticulously so that they can stand behind the reliability of their results.
Customer service is a huge part of our reputation. Therefore, we’ll answer any of your questions and provide you with a cost estimate before we start a job. These are just two ways that the Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum team ensures that each customer gets excellent service, from the front desk to the repair bays. Every member of our staff knows what complete service is all about, and they don’t compromise on that for any reason. You’ll immediately see the Chelsee’s difference when you contact us for radiator repair, replacement, or inspection.
Your Radiator’s Function
In short, the radiator keeps your engine from overheating. Two tanks collect and hold coolant, which runs from the radiator through the hot engine and back again to keep the engine at a consistent and safe temperature.
Many components under the hood of your vehicle are made of plastic and other materials that can melt or warp easily if the radiator isn’t doing its job. The radiator is responsible for protecting all these parts. Even the paint on your hood can be damaged if the engine overheats!
Protect your car inside and out with regular radiator inspection and preventative services!
The radiator has several components, all of which are capable of tearing up in one way or another:
- Cooling fins
- Core tubes
- Engine inlets and outlets
It’s usually not necessary to replace all these parts at once. You can trust Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum to give you an honest and accurate report of what needs to be done without wondering if you’re being overcharged or upsold for services you don’t really need. Our team is proud to be Phoenix’s choice for radiator repair, and we’re not going to do anything to jeopardize that!
Phoenix drivers sometimes ask us if they can drive their cars even if repairs are needed. The answer in the case of radiator damages is complicated. You should never drive without a properly working radiator, but it is possible. Each time you run the engine when the radiator isn’t working correctly could cause damage to your engine due to overheating.
The radiator is one of several simple mechanisms under the hood that make everything work together harmoniously. If it stops working correctly, it can affect several other systems within your vehicle and potentially shut down your engine.
As the choice radiator repair shop in Phoenix AZ, Chelsee’s Auto Repair has seen just about every type of radiator problem there can be. These are the most common radiator issues we see:
- Cracks in the tanks
- Clogged lines
- Broken thermostat
- Broken fan belt
- Broken cooling fan
These problems could lead to a coolant leak and an overheated engine very quickly. If you have ever dealt with radiator problems before, you know two things:
- These issues are easy to repair
- They can lead to much more expensive repairs if not handled swiftly
Pay attention to the signs your vehicle is giving you will help you identify radiator troubles. We have handled countless radiator repairs and parts replacements. If you see these signs, you should bring your vehicle to Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum for a radiator check:
Coolant is usually green, red, orange or yellow. If you see a puddle of one of these colors under your vehicle, it’s probably a sign of a coolant leak coming from a crack or hole somewhere in the radiator or hoses. Leaking coolant must be replaced each time it gets low. The danger that coolant poses to wildlife, pets, and the environment is another good reason to keep a check on your radiator.
Radiator is cold to the touch
After your vehicle has been running for a few minutes or more, you should feel the radiator warming up as coolant circulates through the engine and back to the radiator. If you don’t feel it warming up, the radiator is probably clogged. This means that coolant isn’t making its way through the engine as it should.
Engine is overheating
The obvious problem when your radiator is in need of repair is that the engine will overheat. A light or gauge on your dash may indicate this for you, or in other cases, you may see vapor coming from under the hood or a burning odor. The latter two are very serious warnings. You should bring your vehicle in right away so that we can make the necessary repairs before any severe damage is done.
Low coolant light
Constantly having to add coolant is another indicator that you have a crack in your radiator or one of the tanks or hoses. No one likes seeing dash lights come on, and we know they’re there for a reason, so don’t ignore them! You can keep adding coolant, or you can call Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum to fix it once and for all!
Radiator Repair Services
We provide a complete line-up of radiator repair services, from the simplest to the most complex.
- Radiator replacement is usually needed after about 8 to 10 years in newer model cars. Older ones with all-metal radiators may never need to have this service done, except in the case of extreme damage.
- Parts replacement could include the radiator hose or any other small part. These replacements could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run, as long as they are done by a professional auto care team like Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum.
- Coolant replacement is done by the manufacturer’s recommendations. Typically, we see it recommended between 25,000 and 40,000 miles. Coolant replacement is considered preventative maintenance.
Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum recommends radiator repair over radiator replacement if there’s any possible way to make that happen. First of all, repairs can be just as effective when done by experienced mechanics. Second, repairs are less expensive than replacements.
Radiator Repair Cost
Cost depends on the make and model of the car. Cars and trucks from the 80s and earlier have copper or brass radiators. They were initially more expensive, but these types of radiators can be a better value than those built today because the durable metal can be repaired versus replacing the entire thing. We use brazing and soldering techniques to melt the metal surrounding a crack or hole and fill it in.
Today’s typical radiators are made of aluminum with plastic tanks on the ends. They are lighter and more economical to make, but not nearly as durable, meaning that they will most likely need to be replaced rather than skimming by with a repair.
Radiator replacement can cost anywhere from $300 and $1200. The wide range of cost here depends heavily on the type of radiator you’re purchasing.
Sealing a leak in your radiator is an option no matter what kind you have. Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum has industrial-grade sealants for cracks in the radiator or water tank. We can solder cracks in your radiator. The level of skill and the tools needed for these jobs dictate how much a radiator repair by Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum will cost. Either of these repairs could cost anywhere from $200 to $1000.
In some instances, it’s more economical to replace an inexpensive radiator than it is to repair it.
Replacing elements connected to the radiator is another repair option that is fairly inexpensive. The rubber hoses and connectors don’t cost very much, and the labor required to replace them is minimal. You might spend as little as $50 to get a repair done that will prevent engine damage and keep your radiator working perfectly.
Superior Service and Much More!
Our radiator repair services come with the certainty that the work will be done right every time. Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum also offers extended warranties that you can purchase for parts and services. These warranties will give you peace of mind that if you got a bad part or if some other issue caused your repair to not last as long as it should have, we’ll cover any future repairs.
Cost savings is just one reason to choose a service provider. The least expensive isn’t always the best, so you’ll never see us advertising to be the lowest price, but you will definitely see our promise for the most value for your money! There are a lot of things that are more important than saving a few dollars, after all. When you figure in how much stress you’ll save yourself by choosing Chelsee’s, we can’t figure out why you’d go anywhere else for radiator repair!
We offer our radiator repair services to the residents of Glendale and Phoenix, and we aim to create long-term relationships with our customers. We’ll work with your best interests in mind and help you make informed decisions on how to proceed with a job.
Some of the reasons that Phoenix drivers choose us again and again – and there are many – include complimentary estimates, friendly service, and comprehensive repairs and inspections. If you’re looking for an expert auto care center, look no further than Chelsee’s!
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