A car radiator is a vital component in the vehicle’s cooling system.
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Leaks and blockages in the radiator can cause the car to overheat. This can lead to serious damage and expensive repairs to the cooling system.
Radiators are either cross flow or down flow, depending on where the tank is located.
A cross flow radiator tank is positioned on the side of the core. A down flow radiator tank is positioned on the top and bottom of the core.
Plastic and Aluminum
- Plastic and aluminum radiators are the most common type of radiators found in modern cars. Consequently, They have an aluminum core with a plastic tank and are the least expensive to produce.
- Aluminum radiators has both a core and tank constructed of aluminum. It is a lightweight material, so these radiators are built for high-performance cars that require better performance.
Brass and Copper
- The copper and brass radiator has brass tanks with a copper core and were used until the mid-1980s. Copper is expensive and subject to corrosion with high repair costs. So, These radiators have been replaced by plastic and aluminum versions.
Each layer of tubes and fins in the radiator is known as a row or core. You may have heard of some radiators with two, three, or even four cores. You may also have heard that more cores mean better cooling. Is this true? In principle, yes, more cores mean more surface area for heat to escape from, and in turn better cooling. That being said, just as with the question of which material to use, this becomes a bit more complicated when looked at in detail. In fact, the construction material can play a role in these calculations.