Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
How much do Honda Civic radiator replacements cost?
Answer: Honda Civic radiator replacements made by OEMs are relatively more expensive than universal fit radiators. However, the OEM fit units are more favorable than the second option because with OEMs, the customers are sure to have the premium quality and perfect fit replacements for their old Honda Civic radiators. If the customer is on a limited budget but still want the best value for his/her money, several online sellers offer practical and reasonable deals for OEM Honda Civic radiator replacements.
Can leaks in the Honda Civic radiator be caused by the radiator cap?
Answer: Yes. Apart from the usual leaks and overheating caused by the wear and tear of the radiator hoses and fan, the radiator cap can also initiate cracks on the top portion of the radiator body. These cracks, which will eventually result to water and coolant leaks, are the by-products of too much pressure on the radiator body and cap. Pressure tests can be done to check if the cap is broken or damaged.
Is it normal to see black smudges or streaks in the water and coolant mixture inside the Honda Civic radiator?
Answer: No. These black spots or streaks are signs of oil contamination in the water or anti-freeze. It is never normal for oil and water inside the radiator to mix. If this happens, it is possible that the head gasket of your Honda Civic radiator is starting to fail. Further damage to this part of the radiator will result to coolant leakage, overheating, or complete loss of engine power.
What is the better material for Honda Civic radiators, aluminum or copper and brass?
Answer: Honda vehicle radiators come in both aluminum and copper/brass variants. But most Honda Civic models use radiators with aluminum core and plastic tanks. Although copper and brass radiators are of good quality, radiators with aluminum components are favored because they are more efficient, lighter, and easy to manufacture. They also do a better job in cooling the engine than copper and brass radiators.
When the Honda Civic aluminum radiator is damaged, is it better to have it replaced or repaired?
Answer: Repair is not really an option for aluminum radiators of Honda Civic models. Aside from the fact that aluminum and plastic is very difficult to mend, there is no assurance that the cracks and leakage problems will be solved for a long period of time. These types of damages will just recur unless the entire radiator unit is replaced.