The following are a few radiator cooling tips for high performance vehicles. They should help to keep your car running smooth and cool and they are easy to implement for the do-it-yourselfer. Those who have a high performance engine know that it is very important to have a high quality cooling system that will be able to handle all of that extra power and keep it cool.
Tip #1 - Use Larger Hoses
You will find that when you use larger hoses, the water pump will not have to work quite so hard. This makes it easier to get more coolant through the hoses and cool off the engine more efficiently. Make sure that the hoses are fitted properly so that you do not have any leaks. The diameter of the hoses should be larger but not the length.
Tip #2 - Increase the Pressure in the System
When you have increased pressure, the boiling point will be increased. The higher boiling point, the more efficient the system. Of course, you need to be careful that you do not over pressurize the system. In most cases, you will only need to buy a new radiator cap to increase the pressure. If you do not have much experience and you are concerned about over pressurizing, speak with a professional mechanic.
Tip #3 - Add a New Water Pump
If you have an older water pump as part of your cooling system, it might be time to get a new one. You will find that the newer pumps are more efficient. They can push the coolant through the engine easier and cool it down quickly. An old pump that is not as efficient is going to have to work much harder to get the job done.
Tip #4 - Get a New Thermostat
Check to see that your current thermostat is working properly. If it is not, this can reduce the flow of the coolant to the engine. You can find a replacement thermostat at the local auto supply store.
Tip #5 - Avoid Reducers
Reducers are not necessary. A properly working thermostat will be able to take care of the flow of coolant into the engine.
Tip #6 - Take Care with Your Fluids
Many people choose to use a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. However, water is much better at heat transference than antifreeze is. You can use more water in your mix, somewhere in the 60/40 or 70/30 range. Do not neglect to put at least a bit of antifreeze in the system though. The antifreeze has additives that help to slow corrosion and sediment buildup.
Tip #7 - Get a Bigger Radiator
You might find that you simply need to have a larger radiator when you have a high performance engine. It might be necessary to find one that has more surface area, which keeps the coolant at a lower temperature.
The tips above should help you to boost the performance of your current radiator so that it works better with a high performance vehicle.