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Chevrolet Malibu Radiator Replacement

A radiator replacement is an important service, and the price will vary greatly depending on the year, make, and model of your car.

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2.5L L4 • 180,000 miles

Houston ,  TX 77065

$680 - $831

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2.5L L4 LS • 124,000 miles

Rosenberg ,  TX 77471

$697 - $851

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2.5L L4 • 168,000 miles

Lakeside ,  CA 92040

$731 - $893

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2.5L L4 • 187,000 miles

El Mirage ,  AZ 85335

$662 - $810

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu

2.4L L4 Hybrid • 25,000 miles

Dallas ,  TX 75203

$463 - $565

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu

3.5L V6 • 80,000 miles

South El Monte ,  CA 91733

$491 - $600

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2.5L L4 • 202,000 miles

Fresno ,  CA 93722

$731 - $893

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu

1.5L L4 Turbo • 200,000 miles

Inglewood ,  CA 90304

$1,517 - $1,854

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What is a Radiator?

The radiator is the main component of your vehicle's cooling system. It is what takes the heat out of the coolant. If you missed the first day of class, coolant is a liquid that runs around the engine, absorbing the heat produced, to keep it at a good temperature. After absorbing the heat from the engine, the fluid is – surprise, surprise – hot! So, it heads to the radiator, where air drawn in from outside the car assists in cooling down the liquid, so it can head from the radiator back to the engine and do its job once more.   When the engine gets too hot or too cold, the performance suffers. When the car is too cold, antifreeze does not go through the radiator. This makes sure the engine keeps getting warmer. When the vehicle is too hot, antifreeze does go through the radiator. This makes the engine get cooler. We should all strive to be cooler.   Radiators, especially modern ones, usually have a long shelf life. But when they go, they go, and they’ll need a repair or replacement for the health of your vehicle.

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Signs of a failing Radiator

Engine temperature

Nobody likes sweltering heat, right? Your vehicle complaining about that heat is gonna be a good sign that it’s time to swap that radiator. If your radiator is failing to do its job, then the cooling liquid will not be able to be properly cooled. If the liquid isn’t cooled, it can’t absorb as much engine heat, and the engine will subsequently not be cooled. You don’t need a degree in mathematics to understand that one. Always pay attention to the engine temperature gauge on your dashboard to know if you need a repair or radiator replacement.


Look, here’s one of the basic tenets of car ownership: Leaks aren’t good, in any capacity. Many things can cause a leaking cooling system, including a failing radiator, which may result in liquid that smells fishy. Yum? Any sort of coolant leak is a sign that you might need a replacement radiator.

Low coolant levels

Both leaks and overheating can contribute to the loss of coolant. With leaks, liquid obviously leaves the cooling system. With overheating, components such as the head gaskets and cylinder heads can fail, allowing the liquid to enter the engine and be burned. Neither of these things are good. Your car needs a certain amount of coolant in its system to function properly. If you’re looking for ways to kill time on the weekend, then go spend a few minutes checking your car’s fluid levels. Check the oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. If the coolant is low, it may be because of a radiator issue. Just make sure you never check the coolant when the radiator cap is warm or hot – severe injury may result.

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How urgent is a Radiator replacement?

Having a radiator die can lead to very bad results, and a vehicle that you shouldn’t drive. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, you’ll want to get a repair or radiator replacement asap. If you don’t get a replacement, you could cause major damage to your engine, cooling system and wallet!

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Related Chevrolet Malibu Repairs

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Radiator Replacement - Drain plug

  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 56,000 MILES
This car has only 56k miles on it. We purchased it as a Salvage vehicle. The original Radiator had to be replaced about six months ago. The replacement (2nd) radiator lasted about one week and started leaking. So the parts dealer sent a replacement radiator (3rd). Now it has sprung a leak as well. So now it needs a (4th) Radiator. What the heck do you think is going on here? Just a string of real bad luck? Or, is something else in the car causing these radiators to fail?
have the same problem?
Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 4:34 AM
Thank you so much I checked it out and it looks like the front end is bent causing the strain so I had to modify one part of it and now the radiator fit in there great! Thanks for the help I love this site.
Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 1:41 PM
Nice work, we are here to help, please use 2CarPros anytime.
Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 2:20 PM
Well, a new radiator has been installed for the third time in six months now. I notice after the car runs for a short distance that the temperature gauge needle moves up to the halfway point. I don't notice any leakage, or hissing noise and coolant level seems to be okay. What do you think is going on now?
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 AT 3:41 AM
This is normal operation as long as it does not go over 3/4 at any time. Good luck i'll be here if u needed.
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 AT 5:05 AM
Yesterday she said the gauge went past the 3/4 mark close to the red. I told her to turn the car off wait five minutes then go back down the road. She said it then stayed around the 1/2 mark. Maybe the Temp Gauge is acting up? I popped the hood when she got home. I did not hear or see anything unusual. The coolant level in the tank was below the Cold level mark however.
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 AT 4:10 AM
Leave the a/c off and make sure the fans are working. Start the car and watch the gauge when it's over half way the fans should be turning on soon.
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 AT 6:26 AM
Pretty certain the Fans are working. When she pulled the car up to the house and turned the car off I could hear the Fans still circulating. But I will double check this afternoon. When I took my car to the shop yesterday I told the mechanic about my wifes radiator issue. He said that GM cars were known for instrument cluster problems. Have you heard that? I also will ask the guy that put the radiator in the last three times if he put a new thermostat in as well.
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 AT 10:25 AM
Their clusters have their problems. But in this case I think the coolant temp. Sensor controls the gauge and the fan relay for fan operation.
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 AT 10:52 AM
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 60,000 MILES
Where is the petcoc located to change the radiator coolant on my car listed above LT model?
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 AT 11:56 AM (Merged)
Thanks this is great.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 AT 11:56 AM (Merged)
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 80,280 MILES
2004 chevy malibu 6 cylinder heat comes and goes temp gauges flexes, water reservoir is drained almost daily, weve replaced the water pump and and thermostat, bled the radiator
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Pressure test system, looking for leaking lower intake manifold gasket/possible head gasket failure or cracked head, also check proper fan operation.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • 75,000 MILES
Looking for radiator drain plug, found what looks like it on drivers side, white nylon, has a open where you can insert 1/4 drive extension. Just turns, does nothing either way you turn it, will not tighten up or loose.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
You found it!

It can only be turned a half turn or it will break, it then can be pulled out enough to let the fluid drain, it doesn't came all the way out.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
If it only turns, either way, does that mean it broke? If so, how do you replace it?
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
I am trying to drain the radiator on my 2002 Chevy Malibu. The Auto Parts store says it'a a small black plug on the bottom but I can't find it. Could someone please tell me where the plug is? Or were I can see a diagram. Thanks!Debbie
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 AT 11:58 AM (Merged)
IT will be on the bottom of the radiator I believe on the passenger side, but have seen them on the driver's side as well. Ther are plastic tanks on either side and the plug is in there. IT will only have a 1/4" square hole. A 1/4" drive extention will go into it. You only turn it a little 1/4 to a half of a rotation, any more and you break it. That should open the valve up.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 AT 11:58 AM (Merged)
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 65,000 MILES
How can I perform a radiator flush by myself on my 2007 chevy malibu I can find no drain plug under the radiator
Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 AT 5:53 PM (Merged)
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How much does a Car Radiator Replacement cost?

On average, the cost for a Chevrolet Malibu Car Radiator Replacement is $346 with $251 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2017 Chevrolet MalibuL4-1.5L TurboService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$1819.12Shop/Dealer Price$2168.93 - $3092.32
2006 Chevrolet MalibuV6-3.9LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$981.51Shop/Dealer Price$1185.70 - $1730.65
2009 Chevrolet MalibuV6-3.6LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$984.81Shop/Dealer Price$1189.82 - $1737.24
2016 Chevrolet MalibuL4-1.5L TurboService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$1707.12Shop/Dealer Price$2056.89 - $2980.26
2007 Chevrolet MalibuL4-2.2LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$905.11Shop/Dealer Price$1090.25 - $1577.93
1983 Chevrolet MalibuV6-3.8LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$992.83Shop/Dealer Price$1227.31 - $1908.20
2001 Chevrolet MalibuV6-3.1LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$683.68Shop/Dealer Price$827.39 - $1218.51
2010 Chevrolet MalibuV6-3.6LService typeCar Radiator ReplacementEstimate$988.99Shop/Dealer Price$1192.01 - $1731.85

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What is the Radiator all about?

The radiator performs a critical function; it keeps the engine from overheating. While running, the engine produces heat. Coolant flowing through the system absorbs and removes extra heat from the engine. The coolant then passes through the radiator where it cools off and is later circulated back to the engine to absorb heat again.

A radiator has two tanks that are connected to each other through aluminum or brass tubes. When the coolant passes through these tubes, the radiator cooling fan blows air across the radiator to lower the temperature of the coolant. The tank is usually made of plastic, and it is common for it to crack and start leaking coolant. If the tank or the tubes crack, coolant will leak , the vehicle will overheat and could cause severe engine damage. Radiators also tend to clog over time. When this occurs, not enough coolant flows through the radiator leading to heat build-up, causing the engine to overheat.


Keep in mind:

  • When replacing the radiator, it is best to also replace the radiator cap and thermostat.
  • After your radiator is replaced, it is best to have it checked for leaks, to assure that everything is in working order.
  • When the radiator is replaced, the entire cooling system should be checked, especially the radiator hoses.

How it's done:

  • Inspect radiator for leaks.
  • Pressure test cooling system.
  • Remove and replace the radiator.
  • Fill radiator with proper mixture of 50/50 coolant.
  • Recheck for leaks.

Our recommendation:

Follow the service maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer to get the coolant replaced at regular intervals. It is a good practice to change the coolant every 25,000-40,000 miles. Replacing the coolant will ensure it is free of contaminants such as rust or scale that can block it from flowing through the radiator and engine. Given high engine temperatures, it is inevitable that the tanks in the radiator will eventually crack. The thermostat should be replaced when replacing the radiator as well as any necessary radiator hoses.The system should also be flushed out of all old coolant to remove any contamination.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Radiator?

  • Car is overheating.
  • Coolant (red, yellow, green fluid) is leaking.

How important is this service?

If a defective radiator is not replaced, the overheating of the engine can potentially lead to serious internal engine damage.

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