The cost to repair a coolant leak can vary depending on what exactly is leaking and where it is leaking from. Coolant leaks can be as basic as a loose clamp and as complex as a leaking heater core.
If the problem is that the heater core is leaking, the repair can take anywhere from eight to ten hours. Besides paying for a new hose, replacement coolant and the labor costs need to be taken into account. Labor can cost as much as $80 per hour. If the repair job does take eight to ten hours, the cost of labor alone could be anywhere from $720 to $800. Leaking radiators can usually be repaired in two hours, but the coolant also needs to be replaced.
Auto shops charge different prices for original-equipment manufacturer parts, used parts and aftermarket parts in addition to the price of repairs, labor and coolant replacement. The model of the vehicle being repaired also influences the cost. Examples of miscellaneous charges that may be added to the final repair bill include hazardous waste disposal and charges for auto shop supplies.
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To add antifreeze to the radiator reservoir, unscrew the reservoir cap, and pour the coolant in the reservoir tank until it reaches the full line. You need antifreeze, otherwise known as radiator coolant, that is one part coolant and one part water. Do not remove the reservoir cap if the engine is still hot.Full Answer >
A radiator flush and fill involves emptying the cooling system of a vehicle, flushing out any accumulated rust and debris with water or a cleaning solution, and then refilling the system with coolant. This regular maintenance keeps the cooling system working at maximum efficiency and prevents possible overheating.Full Answer >
Replacing the thermostat on a Ford Explorer requires draining the coolant from the cooling system, disconnecting the upper radiator hose and removing the housing. Thermostat replacement is a low-skill maintenance procedure that can prevent the Ford Explorer from overheating, which can cause damage to the engine.Full Answer >
In most cases, a vehicle's coolant should be changed roughly every 24,000 to 36,000 miles. A driver may want to change his coolant more if he often drives in hot temperatures.Full Answer >