What is a Radiator?

The radiator is a critical part of your engine cooling system. It holds the anti-freeze that is circulated through the engine with the water pump and prevents overheating. Most radiators are made from plastic and aluminum. They mount in the front of the vehicle behind the grille.

How much does a used Radiator usually cost?

They range from $35 to $100 or more used. Still a big savings over new.


Vehicle Rebuilt/New Recycled Savings
1996 Toyota Landcruiser $433.00 $100.00 $333.00
2009 Lexus LS460 $412.00 $125.00 $287.00
2003 Hummer H2 $365.00 $50.00 $315.00
2004 Chevy Silverado 2500 $344.00 $50.00 $294.00
1992 Ford Escort $217.00 $35.00 $182.00
2001 Ford Expedition $257.00 $75.00 $182.00

Things to keep in mind when buying

Ask if the fins are damaged and are the sensors in place. Some radiators have a coolant level sensor or a cooling fan sensor. Make sure the plastic tanks are inspected as well as the neck of the radiator where the filler line or cap connects.

Installation Tips

Look for signs or leaking, this will have the appearance of a white residue, green or rusty look. It is recommended to replace any sensors with new since these are what keep your cooling system functioning the way it should.

Ongoing maintenance

Regular fluid changes are import to prevent corrosion and keeping the engine clean from contaminates.