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Where is a car radiator located?

Updated February 21, 2017

A car's radiator is a very important part of a car. The radiator is responsible for keeping the engine cool. An overheated engine is dangerous and can seriously harm the car.

Inside the Car

The radiator of a car is located under the bonnet, which is the large panel at the front of the car. It has a latch to keep it closed. The latch has a release lever inside the car.

Front of the Car

Look for the radiator toward the front of the vehicle after you open the bonnet. You will often need to support the bonnet with a long rod that is folded under the bonnet.

Next to the Engine

The radiator is located near the car's engine, because the radiator's job is to keep the engine cool and prevent it from overheating.

Unusual Locations

There are some car models that have an engine in the back. One example of this is the Volkswagon Beetle. Car models with engines in the back may have radiators in the front or in the back of the car.

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Mykal May has been writing professionally since 1992. She has published work in a number of print magazines including Brio and Pockets and for various Web sites. She has a Bachelor of Arts in writing and a Bachelor of Science in family relationships from Central Missouri State University.