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Talking Trash – Special Needs in Waste Collection Truck Radiators


It’s a tough job… that’s it, it’s a tough job and we are exceedingly happy and thankful to those who choose a profession in waste collection. Most of us view rolling our own garbage to the curb once a week as a nuisance, let alone spending day in and day out dealing with everyone’s trash. From a maintenance point of view, refuse removal means debris and lots of it. Therefore, sanitation trucks such as the Mack LE, Autocar Xpeditor, Freightliner, Freightliner Sterling, and Peterbilt have special requirements for their heavy duty radiator.

Front loaders, rear loaders, side loaders, pneumatic, and grapple trucks have all made waste collection more streamline, cleaner, and much safer for those in waste collection. However, no matter how efficient, loading and unloading waste brings many challenges to the function of the radiator. The standard over the road truck has the advantage of running down the road and increasing the air flow through the radiator. Refuse trucks can spend the majority of their day running less than ten miles per hour, doing stop and go, and/or endure major idle time. Although increasing the fin count of the radiator core will in turn increase the heat exchange capabilities, it creates an environment where debris is more easily caught. The recommendation is to keep from overkill either direction; not too many and not too few.

A vast amount of the heavy duty radiators for waste trucks have another consideration known as a “crankbox” or PTO (power take off) hole in the core. This can be a major challenge for radiator manufactures because the open space creates an opportunity for stress which may result in premature wear and leaks. Truck Radiators has taken the time address these concerns to ensure that the radiators supplied for this application have live tubes throughout the core as well as reinforced corners and fully supported framework around the crankbox.

Talking trash in this application means that waste trucks are considered to be on the side of severe duty. Don’t waste your money on an inferior radiator that isn’t built to withstand the special needs of refuse collection trucks. Call Truck Radiators today so our experts can fully explain the differences in the heavy duty radiators we offer so you can help to keep America beautiful!

There’s Heavy Duty Radiators, then there’s Seriously Heavy Duty Radiators


With the New Year came the headlines that the United States has managed to avoid the fiscal cliff; although most of us feel as though we are still pretty much on the fiscal hanger while the rest of the details are negotiated. Some experts say that the economy is growing while others say it is not and we are left scratching our head over decisions that need to be made. However, we are an industrious nation and at the end of the day we know that our goal is to just get the job done.
Those in the farming and construction community face exceptionally difficult challenges during times such as these. Heavy duty equipment such as Caterpillar, Hitachi, Kobelco, and Komatsu are strongly relied upon in the fields and job site locations. The decision to purchase new excavators, tractors, crushers, and wheel loaders are not made lightly as this is a major investment to the construction company or farm owner.
The alternative to purchasing new equipment is to choose replacement parts that will keep the existing 311B Cat Excavator or John Deere tractor in consistent and dependable working order. That is when you are also faced with the choice of heavy duty or seriously heavy duty. Truck Radiators views the application of the truck or equipment when considering the difference between the two tiers. Are the headers reinforced properly? Does the gauge and type of material used on the farm tractor radiator or the Caterpillar 312B excavator oil cooler match the requirements of the type of job in performs? Can the fit be guaranteed for optimal performance and longevity?
As we enter into a New Year, let Truck Radiators help you to maintain your company budget while keeping your equipment running at peak performance by supplying you with seriously heavy duty radiators and oil coolers. Our business is to keep your business running smoothly to get the job done.

Greetings for the Holiday Season from Truck Radiators


Truck Radiators would like to first, thank all of you for your business throughout 2012. It is because of your commitment to us that we take our commitment to you so seriously. We are happy and thankful that we have earned your patronage and will continue to strive to exceed your expectations. For those who would consider Truck Radiators in the future, we invite you to challenge us to be the best supplier of heavy duty truck parts you’ve ever encountered. Our goal will always be to win you over with our dedication to the complete satisfaction of every customer.

This Holiday Season brings one year to a close; this is a time for reflection of what has transpired over the last 365 days. Although 2012 has brought with it some trials and tribulations, it is our hope that it has also brought you times of laughter and sharing or possibly a unique surprise that took you off guard in a way that was simply exciting!

From the management and staff at Truck Radiators, we wish you joy throughout the Holiday Season and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year of 2013. See you then!

Heavy Duty Radiator Care – Signs and Symptoms


Winter months tend to be when we think less about heat exchange products such as heavy duty radiators and charge air coolers – even with global warming throwing temperatures off kilter. Yet, during the “off” season is when problems should be addressed. Having a heavy load, going uphill, in 103 degree temperatures in NOT when you want to find out you have a cooling problem in your long haul truck! Consider all the things that can contribute to the failure of a Volvo, Kenworth, Peterbilt and other heavy duty radiators and do a physical inspection to make sure that it is running at optimum performance levels.
First, inspect the framework around the radiator to see if vibration or wear has made it come loose. If so, this will allow the radiator core to flex likely causing tube failures. Next, look for coolant around the tank to header solder to ensure there are no leaks in the joints. A blown tank to header seam may be the result of exhaust being allowed into the cooling system thereby subjecting it to extreme pressures. Plastic tank radiators should be checked for stress cracks in the tanks. All of these problems will contribute to loss of coolant.
On the front and back face of the radiator, fin issues can also be the cause less effective cooling capabilities. Fins that are bent over (flattened) from a collision or debris should be straightened for increase airflow. Bond failure or a solder loss between the fins and tube will not only reduce cooling, but may also compromise the integrity of the radiator as a whole. Fin deterioration caused by salt and chemicals on the road or in the air cannot be fixed and the core or complete radiator should be replaced to avoid overheating.
If the radiator has been compromised in any of these ways, a leaking fitting on the inlet and/or outlet could be not only the consequence of it, but a good first indicator of a larger problem.
So, even though “the weather outside is frightful” (relatively speaking), this is the best time to give your heavy duty radiator a thorough inspection to be sure that it is in good working order and will continue to keep the engine running cool before “we’re having a heat wave”.

Raising the Bar and Giving Thanks


Throughout our blog posts our objective is to provide you with information to stay an informed consumer and make the most of your purchases in heavy duty radiators, charge air coolers, AC condensers, turbo chargers and similar parts for both on and off-highway equipment. Yet, this is only a small part of what Truck Radiators will do to go above and beyond your expectations and our way of saying thanks.
Whether our customers have one truck or a fleet of trucks, Truck Radiators takes pride in continually raising the bar in customer service. As downtime is a huge concern in your business it becomes our number one priority to make sure you experience as little of it as possible. We begin by maintaining a huge inventory ready to ship at a moment’s notice. Not just many parts, but the right parts and in the right quantities to fit your needs. The time and effort put forth to anticipate and determine stocked parts are just the first step in excellence in customer service.
Transit time is the next focus. With seven (7) delivery trucks available in our fleet, same day and next day delivery is the norm for Truck Radiators. For delivery points located outside our route area, our partners in LTL and package services are rated among the highest of on-time delivery in the country. Much of the time these services also come with a money back guarantee.
The final step in raising the bar in customer service includes follow-up and follow-through. Sales and customer service specialists at Truck Radiators view this as an important element of each and every sale. Making sure the products ordered for your Peterbilt, Kenworth or Volvo heavy duty truck arrive correctly, on-time, and in good condition are the key features to ensure your complete satisfaction.
As this is a time of thanks, Truck Radiators would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to all of our existing customers as well as those to come in the future. It is your trust in us that is our incentive to continually raise the bar and exceed your expectations in quality products and customer service. From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Giving Your Engine a Boost - the Turbo Charger


Although heavy duty trucks came about in the 1930’s, the turbo charger is a relatively new addition in over the road trucks to provide the power it needs for heavy loads and long hauls. Newer Peterbilt, Kenworth, Volvo, Freightliner, and International trucks with an engine type of a Caterpillar 3406E/C15, Cummins N14, Detroit Series 60 or International DT466E are some examples of these. Driven by the engine’s exhaust gas turbine, more intake air and more fuel are forced in the combustion chamber producing more power – or boost.
Aside from regular maintenance, we don’t usually think too much about the turbo charger; until it fails that is. The first thing you’ll notice when the turbo charger fails is a 50% decrease in power, which would be pretty hard to miss. Next, there will likely be a lot of black smoke in the air behind you until the truck is shut down. Depending on how many vehicles are behind you on the road, this will probably stand out as well. Our recommendation is to give your turbo charger both the attention and credit it’s due to avoid these complications of down time and late deliveries.
Agricultural equipment is also to be considered when discussing turbo chargers. Tractors made by Allis-Chalmers, Case, International Harvester, John Deere, and White are expected to work hard in the fields. Harvest time and planting season are especially crucial times, so it’s during the off season that maintenance or replacement decisions should be made and carried out.
Truck Radiators carries direct drop-in, Borg-Warner OEM replacement turbo charges for both on and off highway needs. These are high quality, brand new units requiring no additional core charge and carry a one year warranty. Keep the boost and loose the worry by contacting Truck Radiators today!

Winter 'A-Salt' on Charge Air Coolers Costs in Fuel Economy


There are many things that can contribute to a leaking charge air cooler on a Kenworth, Peterbilt, Freightliner, Volvo, Mack, or International truck. Most commonly is heat stress, but vibration, turbo charger failure, accidents, improper installation or testing can also contribute. It also doesn't help that an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) normally has a leak tolerance on a new unit. Yes, that means the charge air cooler could be installed on a brand new truck with a leak rate of up to 5-7 PSI every 15 seconds.
The winter months bring with it the added concern of salt or chemical corrosion. Most tend to increase the regular maintenance of power washing the radiator and charge air cooler at this time, which helps reduce the chance of corrosion. However, it's important to pull them to clean more thoroughly. The chemicals used for melting snow are in the air as well as on the road making every component under the hood susceptible to deterioration and premature wear.
Reduced emissions are a great concern that we share in as responsible citizens. However, the charge air cooler is also responsible for helping to provide the highest fuel economy possible. A leaking charge air cooler can easily cost you up to 50% of your fuel economy. In normal economic times this is far too much, but in time such as these it could make the difference of keeping a truck on the road - or not. Truck Radiators is proud to offer the solution in our expansive inventory of Kenworth, Peterbilt, Volvo, Mack, Freightliner, and International truck charge air cooler to make the most of your fuel economy. Take a moment to speak to one of our customer service specialists about the ways we can help you make the most of every dollar you spend in fuel.

Heavy Duty Truck Ownership Isn’t Just a Job – It’s an Investment

Whether a Kenworth, Peterbilt, Volvo, Mack or International the median price of an over the road truck these days is around $155,000. That’s an incredible number for those of us who purchased our first home for around half that amount. Needless to say, it’s an investment, but one most significant to those who own one – or a fleet of heavy duty trucks! Of course, the purchase of the over the road truck is only the beginning of the battle followed by financing costs, insurance, maintenance and more.
At Truck Radiators we appreciate the value of your truck and how much you depend on it. It’s for that reason that we continue to stock the highest quality radiators, charge air coolers, turbo chargers and A/C condensers at competitive prices. Unfortunately, our customer service and sales staff have heard many stories over the years from people who thought they were getting a great bargain on heavy duty truck parts from an advertisement showing low prices and an 800 number. In reality, what they bought was a radiator that leaked upon installation or a charge air cooler that needed to be forced into mounting and thereby compromising the integrity of an already inferior unit. This was followed by a complete lack of customer service and tons of downtime.
In this election year we have seen a lot of incredible dollar amounts, but Truck Radiators knows that your $155,000+ investment is the one that is important to you because it carries your financial stability. Our goal is to make sure the radiators, charge air coolers, turbo chargers and A/C condensers purchased from us are those you can rely upon to keep your investment running down the road for years to come. Call us today to see how we can help to keep your investment in your Kenworth, Peterbilt, Volvo, Mack or International truck solid!

Fuel Price Relief is Found in Your Charge Air Cooler

Typically we see at least some relief in fuel prices after Labor Day. In our current economy, however, even when we see a slight dip in cost per gallon we are left to wonder if there will be another surge the next day. This is why it is so important to be sure that the charge air cooler in your Volvo, Mack, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Kenworth, or any over the road truck is in good working order with no leaks.
The charge air cooler and turbo charger are key factors in efficient engine combustion, providing the maximum miles per gallon from your truck. A defective charge air cooler can decrease your fuel economy by 50% - or more! When considering whether to replace a faulty charge air cooler, the focus should be less on the cost of a new unit and more on what the cost is in fuel to NOT replace it. The cost for twice as much fuel certainly outweighs the cost of replacing the charge air cooler.
Initially, you should look for the signs that there is an issue with your existing charge air cooler in your over the road truck. It may be running more sluggish, you may experience turbo charger failure, a whistling sound may emerge from the engine compartment, the operating temperature may increase, or you may just be noticing a decrease in overall fuel efficiency. If so, it’s time to have it checked out before the problem increases and cost you even more money per trip.
At Truck Radiators, our experts stand ready to answer your questions regarding fuel efficiency and the heavy duty products we can provide to pull as many miles possible out of each gallon of fuel that goes into your truck. Give us a call today!

ABOVE THE STANDARD HEAVY DUTY RADIATOR

Technology has made it easy to for the average person to key in an OEM number of their heavy duty radiator and find the standard that belongs in an over the road or work truck. But, what if your over the road truck isn’t standard and has more specific cooling needs? Working in an environment of high debris, higher than normal temperatures or hauling weight or increased HP may change those needs dramatically; that’s when you need to consult an expert. Having the right heavy duty radiator is more than having it fit the space and aligning properly. The components of the radiator such as fin type and count, material types, tube size and spacing should all be looked at closely for the best combination to address the special needs of the truck for the best efficiency and life expectancy of your engine. The experts at Truck Radiators have the experience to ask the right questions in order to provide you with the right radiator. Contact one of our technical sales specialists when the needs for your Peterbilt, Kenworth, Volvo or Freightliner are above the standard radiator.

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