The radiator support is among those vehicle components that rarely need replacement. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get damaged at all. When the inevitable happens and you find yourself involved in a head-on collision, your radiator support brackets are among the components that usually bear the brunt of the crash.
If you’ve been lucky enough to evade any type of road mishap, your radiator support won’t be saved from regular wear and tear. It can also be eaten up by rust once a part of the metal making it up becomes exposed to rust-causing elements. Whether due to accident or regular wear and tear, at one point, you’ll need to have your ride’s radiator support bracket replaced.
For the bracket to efficiently support the radiator in place regardless of the driving and road conditions and the temperature under the hood, it must be durable enough and must have heavy duty construction. Besides durability, here are the other factors you should consider when choosing a radiator support bracket:
Radiator support brackets are available in steel, aluminum, and plastic materials, and each of these materials has its fair share of advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to strength, steel is the strongest among the three and is less likely to warp. However, it is much heavier. So if you’re concerned about the weight that can be added by the bracket to your ride yet still want a unit that can be straightened or fixed when bent, you’d better go for aluminum brackets. Plastic brackets, on the other hand, are lightweight and are less likely to rust.
The radiator support bracket is sold individually or in a set of two. If the one that needs replacing was damaged due to an accident and you’re sure that the other one is still in good working condition, it is okay to get only one replacement unit. However, if you are replacing the bracket due to old age and regular wear, you’d better get a set of two and have both brackets replaced. You see, those radiator support brackets have been holding the radiator for the same period of time. So if one of them has failed, you should expect the other one to also fail in days to come. To save money and effort, it would be best to replace both brackets in one go.