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Saturn Sl Radiator

Identifying and Dealing with Saturn Sl Radiator Problems

Saturn Sl radiator aids in the cooling system of your vehicle. The radiator transfers heat from the hot coolant and converts it into cold air and flows through the engine by the cooling fan. While old radiators were made with durable metal, vehicles today have radiators made of either plastic or aluminum like the Saturn Sl radiator. And because it is made of sturdy aluminum, the radiator can last from eight to ten years. However, there are issues that come up, which decreases the radiator's service life. Here are some of the Saturn Sl radiator's problems and what you can do about them.

Cracked or damaged radiators

Unlike plastic and metal radiators, the Saturn Sl's aluminum radiator can be fixed if it only has a hairline crack. Most mechanics will recommend you to just replace the radiator. However, if you are looking for a cheaper, albeit temporary, fix then, you can use a stop leak fluid and an automotive bonding agent (like quicksteel compound and JB weld). You can fix the hairline crack in less than an hour. First, remove the radiator from the vehicle. Then, sand the radiator and apply the quicksteel. After that, apply a thin coat of JB weld and pour in stop leak fluid in the radiator. Let it sit for 12 hours before driving. Again, this type of fix is temporary and you should use your borrowed time saving up for a new radiator. For cracks worst than a hairline, you would have to buy a replacement immediately as you cannot drive with damaged radiator.

Coolant leak

Coolant leak is an issue that immediately follows a cracked radiator. It is actually an obvious sign that you have a damaged radiator as you see coolant spill wherever you drive or park. Normally people have a stop leak handy in their car,so if your do not have one yet, then better buy one. But what if you're on a road without a nearby auto parts shop? Well then, check if you have left over condiments in your vehicle. Yes. Condiments like mustard or black pepper. All you need to do is add about two tablespoons of either mustard, or black pepper, to your coolant. Both ingredients will serve as stop leaks for your radiator and serve as temporary seals.


Overheating is the result of the lack of coolant in your radiator. This means that you are running low in coolants and the engine is getting hotter. What you need to do is pull over and open your hood to allow the heat to come out. After letting the radiator cool off, pour in a bottle of coolant in it. If you do not have spare coolant in your vehicle, pour in water and this should tide you over to the next auto shop or gasoline station.

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  • Prolonging the Life of Your Saturn Sl Radiator

    Your Saturn Sl radiator is a very important part of your vehicle. It serves as your engine's cooling system and makes sure that your engine is kept cool at all times. A malfunctioning radiator causes your engine to overheat and breakdown. At its worst, your engine becomes so hot, that parts of it start to melt. This will result in costly repairs that can even exceed your vehicle's original value. On a brighter side, when maintained properly, aluminum radiators, like the one in a Saturn Sl, could last from eight to ten years. Here are some tips to extending the service life of your Saturn Sl radiator.

    Habitual flushing

    Radiator flushing is a required procedure for overall car maintenance and is indicated in your vehicle owner's manual. This process flushes out rust, buildup and other stuff from your radiator assuring that it will work efficiently for years to come. The good thing with radiator flushing is that you only need to do it every other year.

    Regular check-up

    You are given a lot of signs if the radiator has a problem like the engine overheating, or the coolant is leaking. But by the time the symptoms reveal themselves, it could be too late. Make it a point to check the condition of your radiator. Look out for visible damages or hairline cracks that can eventually lead to bigger damages. In addition, check the level of your coolant. Coolants are not supposed to decrease and the only way it runs out is when there is a serious leak.

    Keep stop-leak in stock

    People have mixed opinions about stop leak products in the market. Despite this, it is better to have one in your vehicle for emergency cases. There's always mustard and pepper if you're really desperate. But remember that both the stop leaks, and the condiment alternatives, are temporary fixes. Eventually, you will need to solve the radiator issue permanently.

    Troubleshoot immediately

    When you discover your radiator is leaking coolant, time is of the essence. Most motorists' first instinct is to try to push the vehicle to go faster, which makes the engine hotter. This is wrong, because by the time you get to your destination, damages to your engine are at best, costly and at worst, irreparable. That is why the moment your engine overheats, make sure you stop your car and open the hood. Let the engine cool. Check the coolant level. If you don't have coolants available, then you can just temporarily pour in water.

    Replace it

    You simply cannot afford not to have a working radiator. So, if you feel like you have done everything you can, but your radiator still requires replacing, then replace it. Sure it's a bit costly at $80 to $99 a pop. Just think of it as an investment. The Saturn Sl radiator prevents your engine from overheating that results in the more vital parts of your engine melting. So really, getting a replacement radiator is only rational.