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Fred’s Wrigleyville Garage

Engine Cooling System, Radiator Service, & Repair In Chicago, IL


Currently Offering Cooling System And Radiator Flush and Fill for $195 for most vehicles. Includes inspection, flushing, and replacing your vehicle's radiator fluid. (Call for a quote for your specific vehicle)

For your vehicle to work properly, the radiator needs to be in good working order. The radiator is the main component that makes sure your engine is cool. Without a working radiator, your engine would overheat and end up blowing up leaving you with a costly repair bill. A non-working radiator could end up causing a number of different issues for your vehicle. An overheated engine could leave you stuck on the side of the road trying to figure out how to pay for a new engine. If you want to get where you need to go, you need to make sure your radiator is doing its job properly.

With the help of the team at Fred’s Wrigleyville Garage and auto repair, you can rest assured that your vehicle will be taken care of for you. When you have expert certified technicians like the ones at our shop, you won't have to worry about being stranded because your radiator failed on you. Our team knows the ins and outs of an assortment of different vehicles, so you can rest assured that anything going on with your vehicle will be rectified.

The team of professionals will spend time going through your vehicle and looking at every aspect of the radiator and its functionality to figure out what needs to be replaced. It could be that you simply need to have the radiator flushed to get it cleaned out and back to normal. In the event that you need to have the component replaced, our team of technicians can take care of that for you as well.

Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the group at Fred’s Wrigleyville Garage will make sure your radiator is in top working condition at all times. Don't wait for your radiator to overheat before you have the local guys near you at Fred’s Wrigleyville Garage and auto repair look at it. Schedule your inspection today.



The engine in your vehicle generates a lot of heat which would easily damage the engine in just a few minutes if it weren’t for the water pump, radiator, and hoses that make up the cooling system. All automobile cooling systems today are liquid cooled. Coolant is pumped through radiator hoses into the engine to cool it down. Then, the heated liquid flows into the radiator to cool off before it returns to the engine to cycle through again.

When to Replace Hoses:

Both radiator and heater hoses are made from a soft, pliable rubber designed to withstand the effects of the chemicals in the hot liquid in the cooling system. However, this hot fluid does cause corrosion, generally beginning on the inside of the hose. A visual inspection is not enough to determine whether hoses need to be replaced or not.

We recommend replacing hoses about every four years or from 50,000 to 75,000 miles. It’s also advisable to replace the clamps that keep the hoses in place because the constant tension can weaken the bond over time.

The Importance of Antifreeze:

Antifreeze is a coolant, and it does more than just prevent icing over; it actually helps to prevent corrosion within the hoses. Even antifreeze should be replaced. Regular antifreeze lasts about two years, while extended-life coolant can last as long as five years. Always make sure to use the recommended brand for your vehicle and don’t mix types of antifreeze.

At Fred’s Wrigleyville Garage, we offer cooling system service and repair for you to keep up with your busy schedule. Regular maintenance prevents overheating, which is inconvenient and could be harmful to your vehicle’s engine. When you’re in need of new hoses or an experienced technician, bring your car to one of our convenient locations or give us a call to set up an appointment. We have complete repair services in our service center, just like you’d find at the dealership, at competitive pricing.



  • Thermostat light coming on or temperature gauge going up

  • AC not producing cool air

  • Liquid leaks onto the ground when your car has been sitting

  • Loose water pump pulley

  • A grinding noise when your engine is running

  • Steam or leaks near the water pump or gasket

  • A sweet smell emerging from the hood area




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