Six Radiator Tips for First-Time High-Performance Car Owners

Posted on: 29 August 2016

If you happen to own a high-performance car, you probably know that its enhanced performance takes a toll on the engine in terms of emitting excess heat. First-time car owners should ensure that the car radiator is in excellent shape to withstand high temperatures. If your engine remains cool, your high-performance car will serve you for many years without regular engine failures. Here are some radiator tips for maintaining your high-performance car.

Radiator Material and Durability -- Conventional radiators are made of brass and copper cores. However, with most car makers trying to cut on cost and weight, aluminum core is increasingly becoming popular. The aluminum core is fitted with plastic to increase engine cooling capability. Make an informed choice based on the durability, heat conductivity, and type of radiator material.

Radiator Fan -- When it comes to the radiator fan, you will have to choose between mechanical and electrical versions. If your car yields low horsepower, you are better off choosing the powered model because a mechanical fan will consume part of the total engine power. A high-performance fan will also improve the speed of air transfer needed to lower engine temperatures.

The Bigger the Radiator the Better -- High-performance cars will require large radiators if the engine is to perform optimally. Buy a radiator with a large surface area if you have adequate space in your engine compartment. The large surface area will help the coolant to be exposed to more air; hence, effectively cooling the high temperatures generated by the engine.  

Choose the Best Coolant -- Some may say that water performs better than antifreeze coolants because of its enhanced specific heat capability. While water ensures that heat transfer occurs at maximum levels, and does cool the engine, it can corrode the machinery easily. If you have to use water, make sure that you incorporate a corrosion inhibitor into the radiator.

Take Care of the Radiator Cap -- As a first-time car owner, you may easily ignore such a small car part at your own risk. A radiator cap ensures that the pressure of the coolant is maintained, and therefore, you should fit the cap tightly after every refill. Also, if the cap malfunctions, the radiator will easily overheat –a frequent occurrence in high-performance cars. Keep your radiator in top shape by screwing the cap correctly or buying a new cap when the threads wear out.  

Blocked Radiator -- Your car radiator is often clogged with debris and dirt that often block the steady flow of air in and out of the system. Have a professional car mechanic inspect the radiator regularly for signs of clogs that may cause overheating. Signs of suspended particles in the coolant or dark discoloration may point to internal clogging. The mechanic will clean the radiator to reduce overheating.