According to the latest study conducted by the United States transportation department, one of the ways to ensure smooth driving is through frequent radiator check- ups. Although many may view the routine check- ups as cumbersome, they are certainly worth the hassle because check-ups – especially for a vital automotive part such as the radiator – can save you a lot of time and money in the future. Radiators are responsible for your vehicle’s cooling system and it only goes that you should treat it with utmost respect. Without support from its “wingman,” your engine would perish due to overheating! So if your radiator is not working properly, it is best to replace it.
It would be useful to share with you this mantra that I picked up back at a public relations class in college “It’s better to be preventive than to be curative.” If you keep on using short-term cures, you’re not addressing the real problem. Just like if you have a lawn and there are weeds growing everywhere, simply cutting the weeds won’t stop them from growing back. You need to go deeper and pull out the root of the problem. Or better yet, prevent the problem from popping up in the first place!
I have to admit that it is quite difficult to find an affordable brand-new radiator, which is why most people have resorted to buying used radiators.
Here’s a helpful list to help you sort through all of those choices:
• Be prudent and look at the fine print of each promo out there. There is always a catch.
• Go window shopping first and try to find the right deal for you. Don’t fall in love with the first deal instantaneously. Exercise restraint. Ask friends or trusted salespeople for advice. You are in no way obliged to buy from the first nice agent you talk to.
• Visually inspect the item. Look for corrosion, damage and defects. A leak that lasts more than a few days will strip the paint wherever it drips.
• Always check the cooling cores for damage or bending and the mounting brackets.
• Also check the cooling pumps. They must be of high quality to force coolant through hot engines much faster than others.
Even with all these tips and tricks, bear in mind that you do have other alternatives to second-hand parts, such as brand-new aftermarket radiators. Buying used car radiators does pose many risks; you have to find out how the previous owner took care of it, and its previous illnesses if any. The question is – is it a risk you are willing to take?