Radiator Replacement Cost

Radiator replacement costReplacing your radiator is something you might consider doing yourself to save money! Even if you do choose to pay a local mechanic, the radiator replacement cost will probably be one of the least expensive maintenance items that you’re had done in a while.  The reason for the relatively low radiator replacement cost for your vehicle is that your radiator is usually a very easy to access piece of equipment which cuts down on labor rates.  Also, today’s radiators are fabricated easily from cores that fit many vehicles, then are equipped with unique end tanks, usually plastic, that fit your exact make and model car.  This allows them to be produced easily and inexpensively, again saving on cost.

One of the things that does add some expense to a radiator replacement job is the fact that you need to drain and refill your cooling system.  Due to the size of most vehicle’s cooling systems, there can be a significant expense just in antifreeze.  Using a universal type antifreeze is a good way to save money while still getting your car back on the road and purchasing the antifreeze in concentrated form is always less expensive than using pre-diluted coolant.  Some vehicles do require special types of antifreeze due to special metals or equipment in the cooling system so make sure you use the product that is right for your vehicle.  If you have questions on which type or color of antifreeze to use, check out our article about which antifreeze color you should use.

Another thing that adds to the radiator replacement cost for your vehicle is the coolant disposal fee.  Engine coolant is an environmental hazard and needs to be disposed of carefully.  The additives in antifreeze are hazardous to the environment as they can be extremely deadly if they are ingested by any living organism.  If you hire a repair shop to replace your radiator they have to pay an extra fee to have the antifreeze they remove from your removed from their shop.  Even if you chose to replace your own radiator, you may have to pay a fee at your local landfill or recycling center.

One of the best ways to make sure you’re getting a good deal on any work done is to get a second opinion for labor rates.  Many shops will do an estimate for a job for free so try calling around to a few shops to compare prices.  Also, make sure to check around at local auto parts stores to get some prices of radiators so you can compare the price of the parts the shops are charging you.  This will also help you decide if the job is something you want to tackle yourself!

One of the best ways to keep your radiator replacement cost as low as possible is to get your current radiator back in working order.  If your radiator is damaged with bent fins or has a broken hose connection, then you may need to simply get a new radiator.  If your radiator has a leak, you should consider using BlueDevil Radiator and Block Sealer to seal the leak, and save the cost of a new radiator and the hassle of disposing of your old coolant!

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2 responses to “Radiator Replacement Cost

  1. Had a radiator leak last week use your product radiator and block sealet it repaired the leak today 19 July another leak developed do you suggest I buy anther can or should the first one I use should work
    Also have 2nd question it says to turn heater on max I am asumping that means fan and temp do you also leave it on for the 45 minute idle

    1. Bill-

      The product only reacts to heat once (one heat cycle). If a new leak has developed, you would need to apply a second application of the product. Yes, you leave the heater on max for the entire 45 minute idle. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!


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