Volvo Radiators

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Getting the most out of Volvo radiators isn't hard, so long as you follow a few basic tips. Many of the new Volvos such as the S40 and the S60 offer their owners significantly more power, which means in turn higher demands on their cars' cooling systems. A newly built Volvo will come with factory-issued radiators that are designed to dissipate engine heat quickly and effectively, but what if you're "buying used" or replacing a defective part?

One tip Volvo owners can try is increasing the pressure of their radiator cap. More pressure in the radiator equals higher boiling points for coolant-water mixtures, which translates to better pumping efficiency and, hence, cooling capabilities. The easiest thing to do is to purchase a new radiator cap, which shouldn't cost more than a few bucks. At the very least, it's much less expensive than purchasing a whole new radiator.

More Ideas for Volvo Owners

Whether you're driving your Volvo around town as a child taxicab or making cross-country treks, you're placing excruciating demands on your heating and cooling system. One way to help disperse heat under the hood is to buy wider radiator hoses and have your mechanic install them for you. The fatter pipes will reduce the stress placed on your system's water pump by cutting down on resistance and ultimately allow you to add precious years to your radiator.

If that sounds too laborious, you can always play with your coolant mix. Water is better at transporting heat away from the engine but is also susceptible to freezing--thus the need for antifreeze. But if you live in a more temperate climate, there's less risk of freezing the water in your tubes, which means you can afford to add more of it to the blend. This can make a significant impact on your Volvo radiator's efficiency and stave off potentially costly repairs down the road.

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