Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
How would anyone know if a Dodge Ram 1500 radiator needs to be replaced?
Answer: There are many telltale signs of having a faulty radiator. One of those signs is a leak in the radiators core. This can be caused by either damage on the tank's housing or a leaking gasket. No matter what the reason, once a leak is suspected replace the radiator immediately to avoid further damage to the rest of the Dodge Ram 1500's engine. Another surefire way of telling when a radiator needs to be replaced is when the engine starts losing power. An overheating radiator might not be observed immediately and this leads to drivers overextending the use of their radiators. This can eventually damage the engine or result in worse scenarios, such as blowing a head gasket or destroying the system's rings and pinions. As a precaution, the radiator should be regularly checked to ensure that it is still in good condition.
What does it mean when a radiator is
epoxy-free? How does epoxy affect the radiator's performance when installed in a Dodge Ram 1500?
Answer: Epoxy is commonly used to add strength and protection to radiators. However, epoxy is not made to withstand the extreme heat pressures of being inside an engine bay. This can lead to the over curing or melting of the epoxy into the radiators housing and damage it indefinitely. A malfunctioning radiator could also reduce its cooling efficiency, which means that it will take more time to cool the engine and eventually weaken its performance. That's why it is important to know when a radiator is epoxy-free. It essentially means that it can withstand the heat under the hood and function as effectively as it should. Installing a radiator with epoxy could eventually lead to a Dodge Ram 1500 with less power that is expected of a powerful pickup truck.
What kind of radiator will improve the performance of a Dodge Ram 1500?
Answer: Since copper dissipates heat faster than aluminum, more and more drivers are inclined to installing copper-brass radiators on their vehicles. However, aluminum radiators are relatively more efficient and more effective than their copper counterparts--25% better to be exact. In fact, using an aluminum radiator with two rows will give the system about the same amount of cooling as a copper-brass radiator with five rows. This shows that radiators made of aluminum can cool the engine system using lesser power. Aluminum is also lighter than copper and can also decrease the overall weight of a Dodge Ram 1500, making it more aerodynamic and powerful.