Radiator and Cooling System Service


Our workshop will remain open to provide you with expert car service.

Under stage 4 restrictions, Automotive Instincts are a permitted industry for the purposes of automotive repair and critical maintenance to essential services & trade, and to maintain the health and safety of Victorians at home or at work. Please contact us to make a booking.

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Automotive Instincts in Reservoir (VIC) can perform a range of radiator repairs on most vehicles, including:

  • Radiator Replacement
  • Radiator Repair
  • Radiator Flush/Coolant Flush
  • Radiator Cap Replacement
  • Coolant Replacement
  • Cooling System Check
  • Cooling System Service
  • Thermostat Replacement
  • Water Pump Replacement
  • Radiator Hose Replacement

Book in your car for a radiator repair or replacement or contact us for a quote today.



Car engine cooling system failures rank among the top three causes of roadside breakdowns in Australia, with radiator failures accounting for a large percentage of these.

A fully functional radiator and cooling system is essential in preventing overheating, which can cause expensive breakdowns and may result in serious engine damage. Modern engines also operate more efficiently within specific temperature ranges. 

Not all cooling system failures are explosive in nature; in most cases it's a slow process that may start with you noticing puddles under the car or having to top off the coolant level regularly. These are often signs your radiator may be leaking.

The temperature gauge may indicate a high coolant temperature in slow traffic but returns to normal during high speed driving. In some cases, you may notice a sweetish, “hot water” smell coming from the engine, or even notice actual steam coming from under the bonnet.  All these symptoms are serious and should not be ignored.

Do I need a cooling system check?

All Repco Authorised Service centres employ highly trained technicians who are qualified to spot and correct problems which not only affect radiators, but all parts and components of modern engine cooling systems.

When you have your cooling system inspected at a Repco Authorised Service centre, you gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing your vehicle's cooling system is up to the task of keeping your engine running at optimal temperatures.

Below are some commonly asked questions about radiators and cooling systems. We answer them here or you can call us today for a cooling system check.  

  1. What causes a radiator to fail?

  2. What is stray current?  

  3. Why is my car’s coolant milky?

  4. Why are there black flecks in the coolant?

  5. What happens if I don’t replace my leaking radiator?

  6. What is a radiator flush and do I need one?

  7. How do I check my car’s cooling system?

New car? No worries

As a Repco Authorised Service centre, Automotive Instincts are fully qualified to service your new car and protect your new car warranty. You’ll enjoy the friendly service you expect from a local and trusted independent service centre, combined with the reassurance of the Nationwide Warranty backing provided by Repco Authorised Service.

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