Cruisin’ like a boss in your car does not seem too shabby at all! You’re there in your vehicle – your faithful steed, the reliable machine, transporting yourself to your destination in one the coolest ways possible – your own automobile. I’m sure you care so much about your automobile that you’d go far measures to ensure its maintenance and its constant quality. You’d never want your beloved car to be rendered utterly useless because of poor maintenance, right?
Allow me to inject a little logic. Do you take care of your car’s tires, checking their pressures regularly or at least relatively often? How about the oil, changing them when it’s due time? Hopefully, the answer is yes, and if it is, may I ask why? The obvious answer is because you do it to take care of your automobile, right? Well just as important to the over-all workings of your vehicle like the tires and the oil, is your car’s radiator. If, for some reason, you need to pick and choose a good radiator for your car, what should you look for?
You may be thinking, why should I bother with my radiator? As long as I actually HAVE a radiator, I’m good, right? Well, unfortunately if you have that thinking, your mentality cares very little for your vehicle. It’s not just only about having a radiator, but it’s also about the kind of radiator you ought to have. Is it a good one? Is it a beat-up one you picked up out of the junk shop for the equivalent price of a milkshake? It’s about quality. Remember, just like your body, your car has several “organs” which makes it function over-all. The radiator is a component that’s as important as any other, like the gas tank, the tires, or the engine itself. It has the major responsibility of cooling the engine. You don’t want to find yourself stuck on the road because your car overheated, right? That ought to be extremely frustrating. Therefore, the radiator’s condition and quality must never be overlooked. So what determines a good radiator? Let’s find out.
Starting from the basic and utterly obvious, a radiator cannot be called “good” for your car if it isn’t the right kind. Know the brand of your car and make sure either (one), it comes from the same manufacturer or, (two) it is made by a company for cars like yours. You can get the best radiator for a truck, but if you have a car, that would make no sense at all. So remember that it’s the best one that’s made FOR your vehicle.
What is it made of?
There’s quite a debate going on about whether the best radiators are made of brass or aluminum. They DO, of course, perform the same task, don’t get me wrong, but it’s about HOW they perform that task. It terms of how it cools, brass is better than aluminum because it conducts heat better than aluminum. However, if you go for brass radiators, that’s much more weight than you would have if you have an aluminum radiator. For efficiency of your car’s engine, we all know that lighter is better. Another thing: brass is more susceptible to cracks and leaks compared to aluminum. So if I were you, I’d go for aluminum which is more efficient over-all.
Remember these. The wider the tubes, the better it is in making contact with the fins, causing it to dissipate heat better. If it dissipates heat well, then that means it’s doing its job. Again, the thinner the fins and the wider it is means that more cool air will contact them, which will in turn, make contact with the tubes which will cool the engine. In a nutshell, this means that thin and wide fins are good.
It’s not enough knowing what makes a good radiator. The brand matters as much as a summation of all these characteristics. A good radiator brand that’s trusted, proven reliable, and consistently amazing is one that you should seek, just like Roberts’ ever-reliable Evercool Radiators, only to name one off-the-top-of-the-list. With EverCool radiators, there’s no overheating, therefore there are not headaches and frustrating moments for you! That’s what you should look for.
So as you can see. It’s false to think, meh, a radiator’s a radiator. What’s the difference? Obviously, the whole engine cooling task hinges entirely on your radiator. It’s not to be taken lightly. You must give careful thought in choosing your radiator. It’s an investment for the far future.