Acura Radiators

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Acura radiators, like most Acura replacement parts, don't come cheap. One of the reasons Acura has built such an excellent reputation among discerning drivers is by using precision parts in their assembly plants, and precision parts simply cost more than their generic counterparts. So, while you may have to shell out more money for a new TSX or RSX, you can expect to pay even more to keep it running smoothly.

One place where auto-savvy owners can save a few bucks is on used parts, provided they know where to find them, what to look for, and how to install them. It's one thing to replace a cracked radiator cap on one's own. It's something else altogether to replace an entire radiator, especially on a high-performance car such as an Acura.

Buying Used Acura Radiators

The first thing to know when shopping around for used Acura radiators is that price is just as important as quality. Consider a replacement radiator that runs 50 to 100 bucks; how much more would it cost you to purchase a brand new factory-installed radiator instead? Moreover, consider the value you place on your time. Does saving 100 bucks but wasting four or five hours to do so really constitute a smart tradeoff?

A used Acura radiator shouldn't run you more than 25 or 30 bucks unless it's in pristine condition, and that's a judgment most novice car mechanics cannot make. In addition to inspecting its outer condition, which includes the radiator's brackets and mounts, a prospective buyer must also examine the inside. Failing to check the cores and tanks for signs of wear and corrosion can be a huge oversight, and one that leads to further problems (and eventually repairs).

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