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Blitz Racing Radiator Cap Type 2 (1.3kg/cm2) Mitsubishi / Toyota / Honda

Blitz Radiator Caps are designed to withstand extreme heat conditions and engineered to hold more pressure than those of stock applications. Blitz Radiator Caps are constructed of full stainless steel and utilizes a urethane seal. Fits: Honda, Toyota, and Mitsubishi

Titek Radiator Cap Type S 1.3kg|cm2 Mazda|Mitsubishi|Nissan|Subaru|Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2010

Titek s radiator caps will not only dress up your engine compartment, it will also increase the performance of your radiator. Features: Titek Radiator Cap Type S 1.3kg|cm2 Easy Installation Fitment: Mazda|Mitsubishi|Nissan|Subaru|Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2010

Mishimoto Racing Thermostat Nissan 370Z 3.7L 09-13

The Mishimoto racing thermostat will promote greater cooling efficiency throughout your engine. The Mishimoto racing thermostat will significantly lower high engine temperature produced by modified and upgraded turbo applications. Once the engine is fully warmed up the Mishimoto racing thermostat will open up at a lower temperature than standard

Mishimoto Performance Aluminum Radiator Nissan 370Z 3.7L 09-13

Are you sick of watching your temperature gauge creep up during track days and in stop-and-go traffic? The Mishimoto 370Z aluMinium radiator has been proven to reduce temperatures by 40? F and offers increased capacity over the stock unit. Crafted from high quality aircraft aluMinium, the Mishimoto 370Z radiator is precision TIG welded for durability and

£427.92

Titek Carbon Radiator Cooling Shroud Nissan 350Z 03-06

Titek Carbon Radiator Cooling Shroud Nissan 350Z 03-06 TiTek carbon fiber cooling plates are designed to direct air towards the top of the radiators to aid in maintaining lower water temperatures. They are made with very high quality and are surfaced with a nice shiny clear coat to reduce fading from heat. Installation is a breeze, depending on application

Skunk2 Radiator Nissan 350Z 03-08

Skunk2’s all-aluminum, full size Alpha Series Radiator is a direct fit upgrade designed to dramatically increase both cooling efficiency and engine performance. Alpha Series Radiators are manufactured from lightweight and durable aluminum, feature 100 percent brazed cores, and include polished end tanks with Skunk2’s signature Alpha logo

£180.72

NRG Stainless Steel Air Diversion Panel Nissan 350Z 03-06

NRG has developed a new line of Radiator Diversion Panels. These units maximize the cooling capabilities of the radiator. Rather than letting air escape through structural gaps on the vehicle, it is redirected into the radiator. By increasing the amount of airflow passing through the radiator, the efficiency of the radiator is improved. Coolant temperatures

NPW Engine Water Pump

Features Notes: Fitsthesevehicles: Year Make Model Submodel Engine Transmission Position/Qty Notes 2003-2006 Nissan 350Z 2002-2003 Nissan Altima 3.5L V6 2003-2007 Infiniti G35 2002-2003 Nissan Maxima 2003-2007 Nissan Murano 2003-2007 Infiniti FX Series 2006-2007 Infiniti

Mishimoto Performance Radiator Nissan 350Z Manual 03-08

Mishimoto Performance Radiator Nissan 350Z Manual 03-06 Whether you are a daily driver looking for an upgrade to your OEM radiator, or a racer looking for a dependable quality radiator, we have just what you are looking for! All of our radiators are 100% brazed aluminum, ensuring a lasting lifetime of efficient cooling. An ideal upgrade to the stock OEM

£225.29

Mishimoto Performance Aluminum Fan Shroud Kit Nissan 350Z 3.5L 03-06

The Mishimoto Nissan 350Z aluminum fan shroud kit will considerably improve engine cooling functions and the overall performance of your vehicle. All Mishimoto fan shrouds are significantly lighter than standard fan shrouds. In maintaining the lifetime of your engine, it is ideal to keep your engine running cool, especially during those unbearably hot days.

£172.87

Megan Racing Radiator Nissan 350Z 2003-2006

We are proud to introduce the new Megan Racing high performance aluminum radiator. Anytime an individual introduces their car to a racing/drifting environment, the temperature of the vehicles engine will skyrocket. One common and effective method of reducing engine temperature is to employ an aluminum radiator. This is a cost effective upgrade which can

£168.68

Flex-A-Lite Fan Electric 12 1/8" dual push/pull universal X-treme S-blade w/var spd control

High performance electric engine cooling fan with low profile shroud. Dual fans and high output motors. Made in the USA Flex-a-lite Reversible X-Treme dual electric S-Blade fan system that moves 3,000 cfm of airflow with full shroud measuring 26 ¼ x 15 ½ inches. Recover horsepower improve fuel economy by replacing your stock clutch fan ass Features Title:

£400.01

Central 20 Radiator Nissan 350Z 03-08

Vivid Racing is one of the exclusive distributors for Central 20. All Central 20 parts are genuine items and ship directly to you from our distributors in Japan. This item will display shipping from Japan to your address via EMS, Fedex, or Flat Rate shipping. Once your order is confirmed, we will provide you with a ETA. If you have any questions about the

£1061.94

Blitz Racing Radiator LM Coated Type-R Nissan 350Z 96-99

Blitz Racing Radiator LM Coated Type-R Nissan 350Z 96-99 Complementing the line of high-performance upgrades and intercooler kits, Blitz “LM Coated (Last Modified with Heat Resistant Coating) Radiators” were designed to provide maximum cooling efficiency to prevent premature engine failure. Blitz LM Radiators are full light-weight, high-heat

£1095.33

APR Performance Carbon Fiber Radiator Cooling Shroud Nissan 350Z 02-08

The flow of air is not only limited to the outside of a car. To maximize cooling capabilities, a radiator needs a direct flow of air to allow an engine to maintain consistent temperatures on the race track. Because of structural gaps above the radiator, the flow of air could escape making the radiator not as efficient as it could be. To help improve the

£117.04

Mishimoto Performance Aluminum Dual Pass Radiator Audi TT Quattro 1.8L 00-03

By replacing your current VW radiator with a Mishimoto performance aluminum radiator, you will notice a cooler more efficient running engine. All Mishimoto VW Golf performance aluminum radiators are dual pass, engineered to maximize cooling efficiency, protect your car from the overheating, and boost overall engine functions. With its lightweight dual core,

£276.65

Metrix Radiator

Features Notes: Fitsthesevehicles: <… Year Make Model Submodel Engine Transmission Position/Qty Notes 2000-2006 Audi TT MK1 2000-2003 Audi TT MK1 Quattro 2004-2006 Audi TT MK1 Quattro 1.8L 4-Cyl 2004 Volkswagen Golf R32 1.9L 4-Cyl 2005-2006 Volkswagen Golf MK5 1.9L 4-Cyl 2001-2003 Volkswagen Golf MK4 2.0L 4-Cyl Automatic 2005-2006

Mishimoto Racing Thermostat BMW E36 1992-1999

The Mishimoto BMW E36 Racing Thermostat fits all E36 applications. It will promote greater cooling efficiency throughout your engine. Mishimoto racing thermostats will significantly lower high engine temperature produced by modified and upgraded turbo applications. Once the engine is fully warmed up, the Mishimoto racing thermostat will open up at a lower

Mishimoto Performance Aluminum Fan Shroud Kit with Electric Fan Controller (NPT and Probe Included) BMW E36 1992-1999

Keep your BMW E36 cool with the Mishimoto Performance Fan Shroud Kit! This unique electric fan shroud setup completely eliminates the stock, failure-prone mechanical fan. The fan shroud mounts directly to the stock radiator, Mishimoto Performance Aluminum Radiator and Mishimoto X-Line Performance Aluminum Radiator and includes a 16″ high-flow electric

£250.32

Mishimoto Fan Shroud Kit BMW E36 1992-1999

Keep your BMW E36 cool with the Mishimoto Performance Fan Shroud Kit! This unique electric fan shroud setup completely eliminates the stock, failure-prone mechanical fan. The fan shroud mounts directly to the stock radiator, Mishimoto Performance Aluminum Radiator and Mishimoto X-Line Performance Aluminum Radiator and includes a 16″ high-flow electric

£193.99

The Knowledge

THE KNOWLEDGE

Cooling System

Cooling System

The main purpose of the vehicle engine is to convert chemical energy (from the fuel) into mechanical energy that will propel the vehicle. The main energy conversion occurs in the engine block, and particularly, within the engine cylinders where spark plugs ignite the fuel which pushes the piston and provides mechanical energy. Basically, a series of explosions have to occur within the engine for mechanical energy to be produced. The result of these explosions is that the engine tends to heat up very quickly. Since overheating will limit the efficiency of any engine, a vehicle needs a cooling system in place to regulate its temperature.

What is the Cooling System?

When it comes to engines, there are two types of cooling systems: air-based and water-based variations. Air-based cooling systems rely on a fan to cool the components within the engine. This only works for smaller engine systems. Larger and more complicated systems, such as a car engine, require water-based cooling systems. Water is an excellent, and affordable, conductor of heat. The car engine cooling system works by passing cold water through the engine components which ‘absorbs’ their excess heat. The hot water is then cooled and returned back to the engine to further cool it. This ensures that the vehicle engine is kept at a constant temperature that is optimum to its performance. Obviously, this is a much simplified explanation of the vehicle cooling system. A more in-depth analysis that covers the different components of the cooling system will be provided further below in this guide. Importance of a cooling system Before we get into the different components of the car engine cooling system, we need to understand why it is so important to regulate the temperatures in a vehicle’s engine. A vehicle’s engine works best at hot temperatures. This is why car owners are advised to let their engine run for a bit when you start your vehicle in the morning. But when your engine overheats, it starts developing long-term damage. The purpose of the cooling system is to ensure that your vehicle engine temperature remains within the small window where it can achieve peak performance.

Some of the damage that your engine can develop due to overheating include:

Warped Piston Heads

The piston head is meant to fit snugly into the cylinder to ensure that there is no leakage in the fuel chamber and the chamber that holds engine oil. When overheated, the piston head gets warped and allows oil to seep into the combustion (fuel) chamber. This not only reduces the power output developed by the fuel combustion, but it also adds to the pollution created by the ensuing exhaust fumes.

Damaged Piping

The vehicle engine has numerous pipes to allow the flow of engine oil, fuel as well as the water coolant. Most of these pipes are made from rubber, which is prone to damage when exposed to excessive heat. When your engine overheats, these pipes are damaged which result in reduced vehicle performance or total engine failure if not addressed in time.

Parts of a Cooling System

While no two cooling systems are perfectly identical, they all share similar components. The main components in a car engine cooling system are:

The Coolant

This is the fluid that dissipates the heat from the heated engine components. Usually, this is just made up of water. However, in colder climates, anti-freeze is added to the water to ensure that the water does not freeze during particularly cold winter months. The recommended ratio between water and anti-freeze is 50:50. For colder climates, more antifreeze can be added.

Intercooler or Charge Cooler

Most high-performance engine upgrades will include a turbocharger or supercharger. Both systems compress the air that is delivered to the combustion chambers increasing the energy output of the fuel burnt. The compression process generates heat, which when excessive, can actually reduce the engine performance. This heat is regulated by an intercooler or a charge cooler. The main difference between the two cooling systems is that intercoolers use cold air while charge coolers are water based cooling systems.

The Radiator

The radiator is the main reservoir that holds the water coolant. It is placed at the front of the engine where it is exposed to the external airflow that will cool the heated water before it is piped back into the engine. A fan is usually placed behind the radiator to further cool the water if the natural airflow is not adequately cooling the liquid. Depending on your vehicle, there are many different types of radiators available such as performance radiators and aluminium radiators.

The Thermostat

Since every engine has its own ideal working temperature, a thermostat is required to keep track of the engine temperature. As the engine temperature increases, the thermostat allows the radiator water to get into the engine and cool it.

Water Pump

This is the mechanism that ensures that the coolant is pumped through the engine. Gravity is not sufficient to provide the required energy to pipe the coolant throughout the engine. Heavy duty and high performance cars which use high performance radiators or aluminium radiators tend to have more powerful water pumps.

Piping

There is a complex set of pipes that connect the radiator to the parts of the engine that need to be cooled on a regular basis. Different types of piping are used, based on the engine. Just like a cooling system can use standard radiators or alloy rads, piping can either be rubber or metal-based.

Maintaining your Cooling System

Each of the above-mentioned components needs to be regularly checked to ensure that your cooling system is performing optimally. This should be a priority when your vehicle undergoes its regular checkup routine. A small leakage in the piping could end up causing total engine failure.