The Essential Radiator: How to Pick the Right Radiator Mount
For everything under the hood, "secure fit" takes on a whole new meaning. There are far too many components that can bump into each other that mis-mounting is never a smart idea. Being one of the main components for keeping your vehicle in the cool, it is important to shop for the right radiator mount to keep your radiator in its proper place at all times.
A radiator mount comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, each imparting a whole slew of advantages and disadvantages. Below are the most common types that you will encounter. Knowing them is important because some are very specific to only certain types of radiators:
Rubber mounts: These are the simplest and most affordable among all the types of mounts. They're essentially cylindrical blocks of rubber that form a buffer between the radiator and the wall of the engine block. Apart from being cheap, the properties of rubber allow it to absorb a great deal of shock and stress. The downside is that they are not too secure and wear out easily.
Polyurethane mounts: Costing slightly more than the rubber mounts, they're shaped like cubes with pre-cut insertion points for the extensions of the radiator to fit into. Essentially, they function in the same way as the rubber equivalents-providing a buffer and solid enough mount. While they do last longer than rubber mounts, they are still prone to wearing out.
True mounts: Made from aluminum or stainless steel, these are full-frame mounts that span the entire height of a radiator-the only rubber here is on the ends of the arms that hold the radiator tightly! Understandably, these are far more costly than either of the mounts previously mentioned. You get your money's worth, though, because they are extremely stable and take longer to break down!
The right one
In a certain sense, each of these can be adapted to fit any radiator-but there are limitations. Some true mounts have re-adjustable arms, true, but may not be able to retract far enough to securely hold smaller radiators on smaller vehicles.
It's important that you note down the dimensions of your radiator-height and width are sufficient-as many catalogues provide this information for the benefit of those looking for a perfect match. Alternatively, you could shop online, and use on-site search engines that allow you to provide year, make and model. That, in turn will lead to results specific to the vehicle you defined.
Even if you use that last method, it pays to be careful-look through the specifications that they list down, and compare that to your radiator. Make sure they're compatible!