In the midst of upgrading the headlamps in my 2000 X I looked down between in front of the radiator. Man, it was pretty nasty in there. 4 clips and you can get in there and clean it up. I wish all vehicles made it that easy.
I used a long blow out tube attached to my air compressor. I use it to blow out of my hay baler and tractor radiators, etc.
they sell radiator combs for that purpose. Compressed air can actually bend the fins (from experience) if you get carried away. But its fine to use if you use a regulator to dial it down or just be careful.
its all about the angle that you use when cleaning the radiator. at my shop we use pressure washers and a solvent to clean rads and we inspect for bent fins first then blast it at a direct 90* angle to prevent the fins from bending.
good job on noticing.
Last edited by kornfanjoe; 05-07-2012 at 11:16 PM.
Reason: typical monday typo, wrote 45* instead of 90*