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Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does a Radiator do?

The radiator is a component in the engine that keeps the car's engine coolant cool. It consists out of radiator core with to each side a small tank through which the coolant flows. As the coolant flows through the radiator core it is cooled by the cold air that the radiator fan channels through the core. In turn the coolant's heat dissipates and the coolant is directed back to the engine's cooling channels.

What does a radiator replacement involve?

  • Mechanic will inspect the radiator and ancillaries for leaks.
  • Mechanic will subject the cooling system to a pressure test.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the radiator.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts ought to be replaced (like the radiator hoses).
  • Mechanic will refill the cooling system with engine coolant.
  • Mechanic will run the engine and, if necessary, test drive the car (check for leaks again).

Can I replace the oxygen sensor myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a car radiator replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of a faulty radiator?

  • When the 'Check Engine' warning light is on.
  • When the engine runs at a higher temperature than usual (overheating).
  • When there are leaks underneath the car (this is usually red, green or yellow fluid).
  • When there are leaks / moist patches on or around the radiator.

How long does it take a mechanic to replace a radiator?

On average, car radiator replacement times can range from under 1 hour to over 2.5 hours with an average of around 1.5 hours. The time that the job takes will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace the radiator?

Over time problems can occur with the radiator as it is subject to significant temperature fluctuations. Seeing that the radiator is a component that is especially prone to wear it should always be serviced as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer.

A leaking radiator should be addressed as soon as possible seeing that a lower level of engine coolant can lead to an overheating engine and severe engine damage. Additionally, radiators can also clog up with dirt, leading to the engine overheating as less coolant can run through the radiator.

Should you experience an issue like this or those listed earlier, it is advisable to have the radiator inspected and, if necessary, have it replaced.

Can you drive a car with a broken radiator?

If you suspect there is any issue with your radiator or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic immediate effect. Driving with a broken radiator can lead to the engine overheating and could cause severe damage to the engine.

How much does it cost to fix a leaking radiator?

If the radiator leaks it is common for the radiator to be replaced. Cost for a radiator replacement will depend on a number of factors but generally can range from £150 to £350.

How much does it cost to fix a broken radiator?

If the radiator is broken usually a radiator replacement is required. Cost for a radiator replacement will depend on a number of factors but on average costs £200.

How much does it cost to replace a radiator?

On average, a typical car radiator repair costs £200, with prices ranging from £150 to £350. Ultimately, the cost of replacing the radiator depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your radiator replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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48 manufacturers for Car Radiator Repair

Name Clickmechanic Click mechanic average Independent garage estimate Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £97.99 - £195.59

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 221

£235

£171 - £275

£263 - £418

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Audi

Parts costs: £107.99 - £208.98

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 1627

£260

£198 - £308

£309 - £475

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Austin

Parts costs: £70.74 - £100.79

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 4

£154

£148 - £170

£239 - £271

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Bentley

Parts costs: £149.16 - £219.56

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 8

£239

£220 - £271

£320 - £395

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BMW

Parts costs: £111.99 - £229.89

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 2722

£223

£161 - £252

£232 - £349

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £117.31 - £301.25

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 263

£287

£166 - £360

£239 - £519

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £148.29 - £238.54

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 359

£261

£208 - £300

£297 - £440

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Citroen

Parts costs: £81.99 - £145.79

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1348

£166

£137 - £203

£207 - £309

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Dacia

Parts costs: £145.99 - £190.79

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 24

£250

£238 - £287

£359 - £446

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £85.98 - £180.48

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 7

£173

£135 - £213

£201 - £304

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £422.89 - £530.02

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 24

£452

£472 - £510

£605 - £667

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Dodge

Parts costs: £148.99 - £220.82

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 31

£224

£198 - £267

£277 - £387

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DS

Parts costs: £138.99 - £170.99

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 6

£209

£212 - £215

£311 - £316

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Fiat

Parts costs: £93.31 - £160.47

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1118

£187

£146 - £213

£217 - £318

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Ford

Parts costs: £86.99 - £192.31

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 3514

£187

£139 - £237

£208 - £344

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Honda

Parts costs: £110.49 - £213.53

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 762

£219

£170 - £276

£252 - £409

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £108.99 - £223.90

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 428

£210

£158 - £260

£229 - £371

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £169.07 - £210.86

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 5

£219

£218 - £230

£301 - £320

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Iveco

Parts costs: £135.50 - £241.34

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 18

£271

£236 - £318

£364 - £475

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £182.37 - £320.39

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 561

£375

£302 - £432

£458 - £650

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Jeep

Parts costs: £142.99 - £336.31

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 101

£282

£192 - £357

£269 - £488

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Kia

Parts costs: £132.99 - £299.93

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 326

£257

£185 - £332

£263 - £463

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £163.72 - £357.25

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 392

£351

£240 - £456

£349 - £672

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LDV

Parts costs: £104.99 - £343.89

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 21

£290

£154 - £339

£224 - £449

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Lexus

Parts costs: £144.68 - £319.07

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 381

£297

£210 - £353

£304 - £493

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Mazda

Parts costs: £101.60 - £218.17

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 472

£220

£153 - £277

£225 - £408

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £165.83 - £475.01

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 673

£403

£264 - £532

£395 - £747

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MG

Parts costs: £78.99 - £138.09

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 135

£187

£148 - £222

£233 - £351

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MINI

Parts costs: £123.49 - £227.99

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1748

£228

£189 - £260

£279 - £367

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £123.62 - £207.46

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 251

£237

£173 - £260

£246 - £381

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Nissan

Parts costs: £105.01 - £256.73

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 590

£243

£154 - £304

£224 - £436

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £79.99 - £136.19

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 2613

£165

£129 - £195

£194 - £299

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Peugeot Talbot

Parts costs: £115.00 - £146.63

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 3

£172

£170 - £180

£247 - £262

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Porsche

Parts costs: £209.52 - £299.99

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 73

£390

£319 - £414

£469 - £626

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Proton

Parts costs: £123.71 - £157.47

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2

£170

£165 - £178

£231 - £252

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Renault

Parts costs: £100.88 - £267.36

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 966

£294

£191 - £384

£300 - £588

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Rover

Parts costs: £84.15 - £162.29

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 148

£203

£155 - £261

£242 - £412

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Saab

Parts costs: £82.99 - £172.79

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 102

£199

£138 - £229

£208 - £341

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SEAT

Parts costs: £85.24 - £181.70

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 544

£221

£164 - £271

£260 - £421

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Skoda

Parts costs: £85.24 - £181.60

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 468

£210

£156 - £277

£244 - £432

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Smart

Parts costs: £143.83 - £176.99

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 21

£261

£226 - £257

£336 - £394

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Ssangyong

Parts costs: £137.65 - £195.23

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 8

£217

£213 - £240

£316 - £350

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Subaru

Parts costs: £136.25 - £253.58

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 106

£233

£188 - £271

£267 - £373

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £100.63 - £171.08

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 357

£175

£150 - £208

£219 - £301

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Toyota

Parts costs: £104.99 - £183.21

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1135

£214

£154 - £254

£224 - £385

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £93.94 - £209.74

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 5263

£213

£151 - £267

£227 - £394

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £96.01 - £177.15

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 2657

£224

£175 - £262

£273 - £405

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Volvo

Parts costs: £155.20 - £288.62

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 364

£296

£229 - £358

£334 - £523

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  • Moskvich
  • Cadillac
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Daimler
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
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Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a car radiator repair, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Car Radiator repair quotes

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£327.13

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Southampton
£231.26

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Skoda Yeti
Chipping Norton
£275.57

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Peugeot 207 CC
Harpenden
£194.81

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BMW 3 Series
Leicester