Triangle Radiator & Auto Service – 773-539-5858 – Affordable Lincoln Park Radiator Repair

Welcome to Triangle Radiator & Auto Service! Since 1966, we’ve been a leading provider of affordable auto care for communities in the 60610 zip code and others throughout Chicagoland. With the cold weather season rapidly drawing nearer, it’s perhaps the most important time of year to confirm that your vehicle is ready to keep you safe and warm on the city’s streets this winter. Among our specialties is expert coolant system and Lincoln Park Radiator Repair that will assure optimal performance. From radiator repair to radiator replacement we do it all!

Lincoln Park Radiator Repair

Lincoln Park Radiator Repair

At our full service shop, we offer cost-effective Lincoln Park Radiator Repair. We service neighborhoods like Lincoln Park with cost-effective automotive care that will keep your vehicle in good condition all winter long. Bring your vehicle in to our shop at 4060 North Elston Avenue so our mechanics can
do basic preventive maintenance that includes:

Check for exterior leaking. Typical areas where leaks can occur are along the radiator seams, water pumps and all radiator hose connections. The condition of hoses should also be carefully inspected for signs of deterioration from age and wear due to rubbing against the radiator brackets. Note that in a lot of cases the radiator hoses will wear down from the inside out, so it can sometimes be tricky to spot deterioration.

Assess the vehicle’s radiator. This is a key component of your vehicle’s coolant system which can rapidly diminish the efficient function and resilience of the engine. Check for blocked air flow and clean out any dirt and debris from the radiator fins. Our experienced Lincoln Park Radiator Repair techs also inspect the radiator mounting assembly for loosened bolts or cracks in the brackets resulting from stress.

Inspect the cooling fan. Like with any component related to Lincoln Park Radiator Repair, the cooling fan should be replaced if it is not in optimal condition. Also, we’ll check each electrical connection for any signs of corrosion.

Inspect coolant levels and condition of the coolant. As a basic rule coolant levels should be about one to two inches below the radiator’s filler neck when the engine is cool. If the coolant is more than a couple years old or has visible signs of rust, our Lincoln Park Radiator Repair techs would recommend a system flush and a coolant refill. We also check out the radiator cap for signs of rust and to see if the rubber seal is dried out.

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The drive belts. As part of Lincoln Park Radiator Repair and preventative maintenance we inspect all the drive belts for signs of deterioration. Wear and tear on belts can be accelerated by faulty adjustment, engine fluid spill, lubricant leaks or if the belts are the wrong size.

Verify heater function. A quick functional test of a vehicle’s heater unit can prevent a headache during the winter when you need your heater to be working correctly. We take a close look at hoses for signs of deterioration and to confirm they are fitted correctly. Improper hose connections can result in leaks at a vehicle’s heater core. We also check the heater valve and vacuum lines for leaks or signs of wear. Then we lubricate the control cables and inspect all the function and blower motor switches for correct operation. Having a basic coolant system checks by our Triangle’s Lincoln Park Radiator Repair experts can avoid expensive breakdowns and poor operation of heating systems in extreme cold conditions. Preventive maintenance and professional Lincoln Park Radiator Repair is essential for the long term efficient performance of your car, SUV or heavy duty truck.

A Few Basics About How Radiators Work – Lincoln Park Radiator Repair

Whether it’s in a car, SUV or a heavy duty truck, a radiator is simply a form of heat exchanger. Its function is to transfer heat from the hot coolant (antifreeze) that circulates through it out into the air that blows across the radiator. Most late model cars have radiators made of aluminum. They’re typically manufactured by brazing narrow aluminum “fins” into flattened aluminum tubes. The coolant fluid moves from the radiator’s inlet to its outlet through multiple tubes that are mounted in a specific arrangement. The fins basically conduct heat emitting from the tubes and then dissipate it into the air the flows through the radiator unit.

Sometimes the tubes have a kind of fin inside them called a “turbulator.” Its job is to increase the turbulence of the coolant fluid moving through the tubes. If the fluid moves smoothly through the tubes, only the fluid that is actually in contact with the tubes would be cooled off. The amount of heat that is transferred into the tubes from the fluid moving through them is dependent on the difference in the temperature between the tube itself and the fluid in contact with it. So if the coolant fluid that’s in contact with the tube cools off rapidly, it means that less heat will get transferred. By initiating turbulence – or movement – within the tube, all of the coolant mixes in together. This keeps the temperature of the fluid contacting the tubes high so more heat can be withdrawn and all of the coolant gets used effectively.

Most radiators are made with a tank on both sides that each contain a transmission cooler. Transmission coolers can be described as a “radiator within a radiator.” A key difference though is that rather than exchanging heat with air, oil exchanges heat with coolant inside the Lincoln Park Radiator Repair.

A radiator cap serves to increase the boiling point of coolant fluid. The simple device accomplishes this in the same way a pressure cooker raises the boiling point of water. The radiator cap is basically a form of pressure release valve. The boiling temperature of water rises when water is put under pressure.

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As coolant fluid inside a vehicle’s cooling system gets hotter and hotter it expands. This causes pressure to increase. The radiator cap is the only spot where pressure can be relieved. The setting of the cap’s spring is what determines the maximum pressure of the vehicle’s cooling system. When the pressure attains a certain level it forces the valve to open, which allows coolant to flow out from the cooling system. From there the coolant moves through an overflow tube right into the overflow tanks. This setup keeps air out of the coolant system. As the Lincoln Park Radiator Repair cools off again, a vacuum develops in the system that opens another valve, which draws water in from the overflow tank to replace water that has been dissipated.

The thermostat’s main job is to allow the engine to heat up quickly, and then to keep the engine at a constant temperature. It does this by regulating the amount of water that goes through the radiator.
Cars with front-wheel drive are equipped with electric fans because their engines are usually mounted with the output pointing towards the side of the vehicle. The fans are typically controlled with a thermostat switch or through the engine’s computer. The fans activate when coolant temperature rises higher than a set level and, naturally, turns off again when the temperature falls below the point again.

Don’t risk your safety and comfort on the roads this winter – visit Triangle for affordable Lincoln Park Radiator Repair to prevent problems and assure that your vehicle is in good condition.