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Getting Your Radiator Ready for Fall

How does your radiator work in the summer vs fall?
Getting Your Radiator Ready for Fall

As the weather gets cool, it’s important to not only put on snow tires or add an emergency kit to your vehicle, but it’s also important to prepare your vehicle’s radiator for fall. Summer’s heat quickly changes to freezing nights, and that can spell trouble for your vehicle. Here’s a quick look at why you should get your radiator checked before the cold weather hits.


Getting Your Radiator Ready for Fall

Your radiator fluid, also called coolant or anti-freeze, handles many issues in your vehicle’s cooling system. During the summer, compounds in the fluid rapidly remove heat from the engine, radiating it out into the environment, hence the term radiator. In the winter, it does much the same thing. However, the same fluid must both not boil off in the summer and be prevented from freezing in the winter.

But why is it important to keep the radiator fluid from freezing in a strong, tough engine that holds so many [...]

Old classic red car at the beach

Is your vehicle optimized for performance? The radiator plays an important role in protecting the engine from overheating, especially high-performance motors. Depending on your vehicle and how you use it, you may want to upgrade from the OEM radiator to a customized option. Custom radiators will help to ensure the longevity of your engine and radiator through improved cooling. Is your ride ready for what lies ahead on the road?


radiator front view


Replace a Plastic Radiator

Some manufacturers opt for plastic radiators to reduce costs in the cooling system. While plastic radiators cost less, the lower price comes at the cost of a greater chance of cracking. Plus, these models don’t provide as efficient cooling as their metal counterparts.

If you have an OEM plastic radiator, consider upgrading to an all-metal custom radiator. Copper, brass, steel, or aluminum radiators offer the benefit of stronger construction [...]


Radiator design has changed over the years, and recently there’s been a trend towards using radiators made mostly from plastic instead of metal. While plastic radiators are definitely cheaper to produce and install than their metal counterparts, they should probably ultimately be replaced. Here are just a few reasons why.

Why You Should Replace Your Plastic Radiator

The biggest reason to use a metal radiator instead of a plastic model is because it will extend the life of the product. When a vehicle’s thermostat opens, coolant that is heated to temperatures up to 200 degrees rushes into the radiator tank. This happens constantly when your vehicle is running, and this exposure to such a high temperature can cause a plastic radiator to crack. Once a plastic radiator is cracked, it needs to be replaced. The aluminium core that rests within most plastic radiators is a little more durable, but even that isn’t as effective as [...]

Volvo Truck tie bar bolt

Use care when installing your Volvo Truck radiator frame to make sure the Tie Bar / Bow Tie Bracket and Rubber Insulators are in their correct position.  Failure to do so may result in radiator core damage that is not covered under manufactures warranty.

The placement of the Tie Bar is very important to keep it from damaging the radiator core.  Make sure the Tie Bar is not flipped around to be flush against the core.

Do not leave tie bar lose, this can allow it to flip over after time and rub against the radiator core.



Correct placement of the Tie bar

See photos # 1 & 2 for the correct placement of the Tie bar.
















Bow Tie Brackets should be assembled behind the structure face as shown in photo #3:



The rubber insulators should [...]

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