Damaged Radiator Fins


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Quarteg
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Damaged Radiator Fins

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I have a radiator with damaged fins. I was able to straighten some of them out with no problems. Included are pictures of a troublesome spot I need thoughts on.

Fins help the radiator stay cool and if there is no airflow, or it is limited, it can cause overheating. That said, the used radiators I'm finding are not in much better shape (minus the one messed up part).

Fix it or toss it?

The fins in the one section are crushed and that is what I need the most advice with.
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Re: Damaged Radiator Fins

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The area with damaged fins is very small, it isn't enough to affect cooling.

If the rad isn't leaking I wouldn't worry about it - Drive it like you stole it.
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Re: Damaged Radiator Fins

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Will do. Thank you!!
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Re: Damaged Radiator Fins

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Quarteg wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:48 pm Fix it or toss it?
You left out the third option, ignore it. That isn't enough to even worry about.


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