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Question DetailsAsked on 5/31/2017

Are the any mechanics that can fix your car home.

My car won't drive due to my radiator gone.

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Auto Radiators or Auto Repair is the Search the List category for that - but mobile and shop-based mechanics are both included in that one Auto Repair category.

While a mobile mechanic should be able to swap out a radiator in most cars (though some actually require stripping a lot of the pulleys and air conditioner and fan and alternator and such off the engine, so more than a normal field job), another alternative is calling some regular well-rated and reviewed radiator or repair shops and tell them what your problem is (or if you are positive the radiator is damaged beyond repair - many leaks in copper radiators can be patched fine) and cut a deal where they tow it to the shop for free - many will do that if the repair bill is over about $250-300 and they own a tow truck, or over about $500 and they have to pay a towing company (their cost usually around $50 if they use the same towing company every time).

Repair cost anything from maybe $75 on up into several hundreds depending on whether it has to be taken out or not (some damaged fin repairs and minor endcap seam leaks you can do on the vehicle) - replacement probably about $300 minimun but likely closer to $500-00 commonly, and on up to $1500 range or even a bit more on some of the care where the designers appear to have taken great effort to make it so repairs are near impossible to do.

For example - many models require the radiator be taken out toward the engine - meaning removal of fan and sometimes a lot of other accessories when there is no reason they could not have made it come out the top or front with a tiny bit of design effort in making reasonably removable front frame top beam or grill. Sort of along the same line as some Fords and imports where you actually have to pull the engine to get at allthe spark plugs or injectors - lunacy on the part of the designers, but it makes for a lot more shop income for their dealers.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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