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Measuring A Radiator

Radiator types and configuration

The downflow radiator is designed so coolant flows from the top tank to the bottom tank. Tubes are mounted vertically.
The crossflow radiator is designed so coolant flows horizontally from one tank to the other. The tubes are mounted horizontally and the tanks are mounted on the sides.
 

Measuring a radiator

 
Three specific measurements are needed to ensure right size and these are; height, width and thickness. No matter what type of radiator.
 
The height measurement is always between the two tanks from header to header or we can say on the length of the tube (reading X).
 
The core width is measured is between the side plates or across the tubes and does not include the side plates  (reading Y).
 
The depth is the measurement in thickness of the radiator core depending on how many rows the radiator was built. An easy way to measure thickness is by inserting a wire through the fins until flush with the core. Mark the other end of the wire and measure the wire (reading Z)
 


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