Do I need a new radiator? Really?

malibu
coolant
chevrolet

#1

On the first hot and humid day of the summer, my 96 malibu started to leak its antifreeze. It was completely empty in a matter of hours. I filled it up and it has been fine ever since. When I brought my car in for its last oil change I asked the mechanics to check out my coolant system. They told me that my car had overheated and I needed to replace my radiator, tubes and thermometer. The car is working just fine and has not leaked since. I called a different dealer and he suggested a coolant system pressure check. Do I really need all this if the car is running just fine? Or will it stop working when it starts to snow…???


#2

Get the pressure check. And if it passes, have the shop attempt to determone why it purged itself of coolant. A cooling system does not drain in a few hours without a cause. Something is wrong and it needs to be fixed, or you’ll inevitably end up buying a replacement engine.


#3

tubes and thermometer

Wonder what these are? Maybe you heard “thermostat”, but I dunno what the tubes thing is.


#4

My guess is hoses and thermostat. No point changing the radiator on a '96 without putting new hoses and T-stat on.