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 [...]
Use care when installing your 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.
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 be installed as in photo #4 If the upper rubber insulators become dislodged over time, it can cause the face of the radiator core to move closer [...]