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Old 05-06-2012, 12:45 AM
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Clean your radiator!

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.

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Nice work!! I'll have to check mine out!!
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You should have seen the pile of crap on the shop floor after I blew it out. It was a pile.

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Good thing to check with summer time temps on the way.
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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.
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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.

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