Tech Tips from West End Radiators in Winnipeg
West End Radiators is your choice for high-quality, reliable industrial radiator service and repair. Below is some information about radiators, including our most common radiator services and how often you should have your radiator maintained.
If you have questions about radiators or our services, or if you want to schedule an appointment for service and repairs, contact West End Radiators today.
NARSA members service, rebuild and sell automotive heat exchangers of all types, large and small. The smallest would most likely be a heater from a passenger car or light truck. The most common would be domestic and import radiators from motor vehicles. The largest would be one-story-high industrial coolers weighing thousands of pounds.
Wherever there is a need for cooling, there is a need for a NARSA cooling specialist. In addition to service and parts, the NARSA specialist can work with equipment owners, operators and maintenance professionals to design and install products to meet very specific cooling needs.
Most NARSA members (94%) provide heavy-duty and industrial heat-exchanger services. They service and sell: aftercoolers, air-to-air coolers, charge air coolers, intercoolers, plate coolers, tube and shell bundles, torque coolers, engine and transmission coolers, and more.
You find these kinds of heat exchangers in an ever-increasing number of applications and machinery used in agriculture, transportation, mining, food processing and storage, refining, manufacturing, and drilling.
4 Most Common Radiator Services We Provide our Customers:
1. Flush & Repair
The radiator is removed from the vehicle, cleaned externally using a powerful spray gun, and flushed internally. It is then pressure tested, inspected and repaired as needed.
2. Clean & Repair
In this procedure, the radiator is removed from the vehicle, cleaned externally, and flushed internally by immersion in a specially formulated, industrial-strength cleaner. It is then flushed a second time, pressure tested, inspected and repaired as needed.
This technique brings a radiator up to, or as close as possible, to its original operating condition by using restored existing parts in combination with new, rebuilt or unimpaired parts. It always requires the installation of a new core.
4. Plastic Radiator Tank & Gasket Replacements
In this procedure, the radiator is removed from the vehicle and placed in a special fixture to detach the damaged tank and/or gasket. The tank and/or gasket is replaced with a readily available new or restored part. Afterward, the radiator is re-assembled and tested.
7-Point Preventative Cooling System Maintenance Program
A car’s engine generates enough heat to destroy itself. The cooling system, however, protects against damage by keeping the engine within the correct operating temperature range. That’s why preventative cooling system maintenance is essential in helping to ensure your engine’s life.
The International Heat Transfer Association (NARSA) recommends that motorists have a 7-point preventative cooling system maintenance check at least once every two years. The 7-point program is designed to identify any areas that need attention.
The Maintenance Program consists of:
- A radiator pressure cap test to check for the recommended system pressure level.
- A thermostat check for proper opening and closing.
- A pressure test to identify any external leaks to the cooling system parts; including the radiator, water pump, engine coolant passages, radiators and heater hoses and heater core.
- An internal leak test to check for combustion gas leakage into the cooling system.
- A visual inspection of all cooling system components, including belts and hoses.
- A system power flush and refill with the car manufacturer’s recommended concentration of coolant.
- An engine fan test for proper operation.
By performing regular checks, NARSA radiator and cooling system specialists can help motorists prevent problems, emergency repairs and/or replacements, effectively saving the consumer time, trouble and money.
Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool While Sitting in Traffic
A vehicle’s cooling system is designed to protect the engine from the destructive forces of excessive heat. If the system isn’t in good condition, simple tasks such as sitting idle in rush-hour traffic can cause a vehicle to overheat even when temperatures drop below the freezing mark.
However, if you do get caught in traffic and you notice the temperature gauge beginning to rise, the International Heat Transfer Association (NARSA) says there are some things you can try to keep your vehicle from overheating:
- Give it a little gas. This will enable the vehicle to get rid of some of the engine heat.
- Turn on the heater. The heater will draw some of the heat from the engine to the inside of the vehicle.
- Safely pull off of the road and turn the vehicle off to let the engine cool down.
- Finally, have your vehicle inspected by a radiator specialist. Radiator specialists have the expertise in targeting cooling system problems, which could range from a clogged radiator core to low engine coolant to an inoperable engine fan.
Higher Incidence of Cooling System Troubles in Older Vehicles
Vehicles that are 5 years and older are prime candidates for cooling system troubles, troubles that could strike when least expected. NARSA experts report that cooling system service is most frequent on vehicles with more than 50,000 miles. However, NARSA experts note that the mileage on a vehicle is not as big a factor in the maintenance of a cooling system as is the vehicle’s age.
An aging vehicle has been exposed over time to environmental factors that can harm a car’s cooling system. Salt from ocean air, road salt, debris and other chemicals tend to break down the metal in a radiator’s core.
Radiator and cooling system specialists offer a variety of services, including flushing out radiators and cooling systems, repairing leaks and other damage to copper/brass and aluminum/plastic radiators, checking thermostats and fixing broken hoses or cracked belts. They can check for corrosion and debris and often may spot and address potential problems, helping to prevent emergency car repairs down the road.