The job of a radiator is simple — give the hot engine coolant a place to get some fresh air and cool off. It used to be that radiators were massive brass and copper sculptures that weighed between 25 and 50 pounds. In the never ending quest for greater efficiency and lower cost, most radiators today are made of plastic or aluminum. This makes them lighter and less costly, but more prone to failure. Most failures of modern radiators are less dramatic than in the old days — the fountain of steam billowing out from under the hood is not as common a sight as it used to be. Generally speaking the first sign of a leaking radiator will be a check engine or low coolant light. Either way, call and make an appointment and Cheers’ technician will inspect your car and recommend the best, most economical repair possible!