Understanding car radiator parts

As leading car radiator specialists here at MRS Heat Transfer, we have an extensive amount of knowledge and expertise and we can fix and repair all manner of vehicle radiators. But what are the different parts of a car radiator and what role do these play in keeping your engine cool?

What are the different components of a car radiator?

Car radiators have several different and important components.  These include:

  • The core
  • The pressure cap
  • Outlet Inlet tanks
  • Radiator hoses
  • Cooling fan
  • The water pump
  • The thermostat

What is the core of a car radiator?

The core of the radiator is one of the most important components. This allows hot coolant to flow through it, to the engine, releasing its heat on the way. The radiator cools this for the next trip around the heat exchange.

What is the pressure cap in a car radiator?

In a car radiator system the pressure cap ensures the cooling system remains pressurized by sealing it. This allows the coolant to remain at a lower temperature preventing this from boiling, and allowing the radiator system to be more efficient.

What are the inlet and outlet tanks of a car radiator?

Car radiators have inlet and outlet tanks that are located in the rotator head, where the coolant flows in and out of the radiator. The inlet tank allows the hot liquid to flow from the engine and when it is cooled this passes out through the outlet tank and then back to the engine.

What is a car radiator hose?

The radiator hose plays a central role for any car radiator as this connects the inlet and outlet tanks to the radiator and the engine. This ensures the steady and easy movement of coolant throughout the system.

What is a car radiator water pump?

The water pump is the component that forces the coolant through the system. This is generally activated by the engine drive belt, which switches on the pump, and then spins the pump’s blades to push liquid through the system as it is needed. 

What is a car radiator thermostat?

The temperature of the engine is regulated by the thermostat. The thermostat will let more coolant in if the engine requires cooling. If the engine is at the right working temperature, then it won’t release the coolant.

What is a car radiator cooling fan?

Car radiators can draw cool air from the front of the car with a cooling fan. This is designed to speed up the process at which the coolant is cooled down, which can help to prevent the engine from overheating.

For more information or for professional car radiator repair, get in touch with the team today, here at MRS Heat Transfer.