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Radiator frame: replacement and selection

When and why it is necessary to replace radiator frame

Manufacturers do not limit lifetime of this component. A new radiator frame can be required in case of deformation or integrity violation of the old one. For instance, the frame can crack, in some cases – its part breaks off.

Defectiveness of the element can be the result of a front impact. Degree of damaging depends on car driving speed during impact. Moreover, the radiator panel can break down as a result of off-road car operation and due to careless driving.

Damages of the frame can be easily found out during scheduled visual inspection. Moreover, in some cases breakage of this element is pointed out by geometry violation of the front car body part.

In order to replace the frame you need to apply to a service station. This is a laborious process, coming with demounting of the bumper, radiator and fan. Moreover, you will need to drain cooling liquid from the system. During installation of a new component consider features of car construction and configuration. Thus, in the cars equipped with an intercooler, it is important to connect pressure hoses properly after installation of the frame.

How to select radiator frame

These components can be dismountable and solid.

Mostly, the frames of the first type are easier to repair, as there is an opportunity to replace not the whole component, but only its part.

Also the radiator panels differ from one another by production material. Quite often the frames made of reinforced plastic are installed in modern cars. Their important advantage is small weight. The component can be produced of the combination of plastics and metal. Thus, there are radiator panels with the metal upper part. Its presence make the construction more durable.

In order to make a new radiator frame serve you as long as possible, purchase the product of a proven brand. For example, components of Johns, Van Wezel, Diederichs, BLIC are notable for high quality.

If you want to make the right choice, be guided by you car main features. The brand, model, production year, configuration version, body type, features of bumper and radiator construction are important. This will determine size of the frame and type of fastening elements.

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