November Radiator News
November Radiator News rounds up a collection of the anecdotes, humour and happenings from our ADRAD agents around the country.
We kick off with an explanation from National Radiators on the functioning of a radiator:
National Radiators at 35 Walls Road, Auckland
The radiator performs a critical function; it keeps the engine from overheating. While running, the engine produces heat. Coolant flowing through the system absorbs and removes extra heat from the engine. The coolant then passes through the radiator where it cools off and is later circulated back to the engine to absorb heat again.
A radiator has two tanks that are connected to each other through aluminum or brass tubes. When the coolant passes through these tubes, the radiator cooling fan blows air across the radiator to lower the temperature of the coolant. The tank is usually made of plastic, and it is common for it to crack and start leaking coolant. If the tank or the tubes crack, coolant will leak , the vehicle will overheat and could cause severe engine damage. Radiators also tend to clog over time. When this occurs, not enough coolant flows through the radiator leading to heat build-up, causing the engine to overheat.
ADRAD Radiator Experts
The crew at ADRAD Radiator Experts were in good humour this month, but also issued warnings for the summer. It’s SO important not to leave animals in a hot car. Not only is a temperature that feels fine for a human, experienced as higher by a dog, but the temperature rise in an enclosed vehicle happens horrifyingly quickly. Just don’t leave them there!
Richmond Exhaust & Radiator Specialists at 4 Gladstone Road, Richmond
Richmond were anticipating their weekend with the MOPAR gathering in Blenheim next year – they are in Cromwell for the Mopars in the south.
“I love my job and the cars I am entrusted to work on. Love the old fatty v8s.”
Bradley Evans, Richmond Exhaust & Radiator Specialists, Nelson
Well, we can certainly see that from the quality of the workmanship – well done!
Southland Radiators at 136 Esk Street, Invercargill
“A leaking external oil cooler off a 1968 Mercedes 250. Stripped cleaned and reassembled. Good as new.”
Bruce Peters, Southland Radiators, Invercargill
Timaru Radiator Repairs at 12 Woollcombe Street, Timaru
Some polished work on their radiators from the team at Timaru:
Muirs Radiators at 30 Gorton Street, Gore
Kristy Summers shared news of the ADRAD bi-annual meeting in Christchurch.
“Even though we are there for a serious talk we still had a bit of fun. Making sure our clients are happy is of course the first and foremost objective.”
Kristy Summers, Muirs Radiators, 30 Gorton Street, Gore
Auto Radiators at 12 Nixon Street, Auckland
Here we have a custom made radiator for a Mercedes SL500. Stunning job team! This radiator is impossible to source in NZ and so they made this one up.
One very happy customer to get his car back on the road where it belongs.
Radiator Services at 366 King Edward Street, Dunedin
Some great pics sourced by the ADRAD team in Dunedin …
Keep us updated of anything you’d like to share over the coming month, we love hearing from you.