Best Practices

Tips for Heavy Equipment Radiators

Heavy equipment radiators are essential components of construction machines. They play a crucial role in keeping the engine cool, preventing overheating, and prolonging the life of the equipment. However, like any other part of heavy equipment, radiators require regular maintenance and care to function optimally.

In this article, we will discuss some best practices for heavy equipment radiator care.

Inspect Regularly

The first and most important step in heavy equipment radiator care is to check it often to detect any issues early on, preventing them from escalating into more significant, costly problems. During inspections, look for any visible signs of damage, such as leaks, cracks, or rust. Also, ensure that the radiator fins are clean and free of debris.

Clean the Radiator Fins

Radiator fins play a vital role in heat transfer by increasing the surface area exposed to the coolant. However, these fins are prone to clogging due to dust, dirt, and debris, which can reduce their effectiveness. To prevent clogging, it is essential to clean the fins regularly using compressed air or a soft brush. Avoid using high pressure water, which can bend or damage the fins.

Flush the Cooling System

Over time, coolant can become contaminated with rust, scale, and other impurities, reducing its ability to transfer heat efficiently. We recommend flushing the cooling system regularly, ideally every two years. Flushing the cooling system involves draining the old coolant and flushing the system with a cleaning solution. Afterward, refill the system with new coolant to the manufacturer’s recommended level.

Replace the Radiator Cap

The radiator cap is a vital component of the cooling system that helps maintain the correct pressure and prevent coolant loss. However, over time, the radiator cap can become worn, leading to coolant loss, overheating, and engine damage. It is recommended to replace the radiator cap every two years or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Check the Hoses

The radiator hoses are another crucial component of the cooling system that can become worn, cracked, or damaged over time. Inspect the hoses regularly and replace them if you notice any visible signs of damage, such as cracks or bulges. We also recommend replacing the hoses every four to five years.

Use the Right Coolant

It’s estimated that 40% – 60% of engine failures are related to using the wrong coolant or topping off the system with the wrong product. Reference your owner’s manual to make sure the coolant you are using is allowed for your particular machine, and keep careful records to assure you’re changing the fluid at factory recommended intervals.

If you have any questions about heavy equipment radiators or radiator care, contact our team today!