Monday, July 18, 2005
Sixth: Check your bits
I went to Natrad, radiator specialists who will test your radiator for free. The guy took one look and shook his head. He showed me the cooling baffle things which you can see are mostly gone or gunked up or damaged. He said I should get another radiator.
Here is the spiffy new radiator, which ended up costing me $755, which was more than expected because they needed to replace the hoses, thermostat and water pump. They showed me all the old bits which had indeed shot through... just goes to show what a great car Bruce is.. that he trundles along with old radiator and no complaints!
You can see the difference in the baffles on the new radiator, and the difference when driving is amazing! The next day I drove from Newcastle to Katoomba (3.5hr trip) and we sat on cool pretty much the whole way and went faster too! To see how beautiful the bluemountains are check out the walk we went on at Leigh's Blogsite
The new radiator was all a bit of an expense but I think it is worth it. My mechanic said that Bruce Handbag will run forever so I figure a few good investments here and there are only going to be beneficial in the long run!