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Radiator

Aftermarket all aluminum radiator for the Ford Super Duty 6.4L powerstroke cooling system

The main component of the cooling system, a radiator’s main purpose is to keep an engine at the optimal operating temperature, which it achieves by absorbing excess heat generated by the engine and lowering the coolant temperature with the air passing through the vehicle’s front grille. Every vehicle, including electric vehicles, is equipped with a radiator.

Spectra Premium is the leading North American aftermarket radiator manufacturer
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CAPA Certified Radiators

Spectra Premium is the first manufacturer to produce CAPA-Certified radiators, at our Canadian factory in Laval. CAPA is an independent, non-profit American organization that certifies automotive crash parts. CAPA certification protects the public – vehicle owners, collision shops, insurers and the marketplace – from inferior and overpriced replacement parts.

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Spectra Part Number Most Popular Applications North American VIO
CU2370 01-96 AM General Hummer
14-02 Cadillac Escalade
14-03 Cadillac Escalade ESV
04-02 Cadillac Escalade EXT
13-09 Cadillac Escalade EXT
13,013,609
CU2423 08-02 Cadillac Escalade
08-05 Cadillac Escalade
13-07 Chevrolet Avalanche
06-02 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500
10,819,014
CU2795 07-05 Chrysler Town & Country
07-05 Chrysler Voyager
07-05 Dodge Caravan
07-05 Dodge Grand Caravan
10,352,411
CU1693 00-99 Cadillac Escalade
94 Chevrolet Blazer
00-95 Chevrolet C35
99-94 Chevrolet C1500
00-94 Chevrolet C2500
2,450,177
CU2354 05-01 Acura EL
05-01 Honda Civic
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Part Components

Major radiator components diagram: filler cap, inlet and outlet, tubes and fins, header and core

Other Spectra Premium radiators

  • Auxiliary Radiator
  • Radiator Core
  • HD Radiator Core
  • Radiator and AC Condenser Assembly
  • Power unit generator
  • Agricultural Radiator
  • Forklift radiator
  • Airport equipment radiator
  • Industrial engine radiator

Accessories available

  • Radiator Installation Accessory
  • Radiator Mount
  • Core gasket
  • Coolant tester
  • Radiator cap

Common Radiator Failure Symptoms

  • Leaking coolant
  • Overheating engine
  • Deposits in the coolant
  • Reducing coolant level

Common Causes of Failure

Electrolysis

Electrolysis problems appear when an electric current circulates in a cooling system. Electrolysis is the first cause of failure for aluminum radiators and has increased with the rising number of electric and electronic accessories.

Contamination

Cooling systems use a 1:1 mix of distilled water and antifreeze to absorb engine heat and protect against corrosion. Contaminated coolant increase the fluid acidity which wears down the aluminum until leaks start to appear.

Collision

As a front-end part, radiators are often involved in collisions. Even if the initial impact does not damage the radiator, smaller leaks in the cooling system can be found afterwards which also warrants radiator replacement.

The radiator protects the engine from overheating. If the radiator fails and the engine overheats, it could result in irreversible damage to the engine.

Radiator replacement importance

When replacing your radiator, it is important to understand the root cause of failure: proper cooling system maintenance. It’s important to inspect the radiator pressure cap and thermostat for proper operation. The coolant reservoir needs to be inspected for cracks and leaks. The radiator cooling fan needs to be inspected for proper engagement. The water pump needs to be inspected for coolant leaks, and last but not least, the engine coolant needs to be tested for contamination. Performing a complete cooling system flush is strongly recommended when replacing any cooling system part.

Keep in mind that an engine that runs too cold is as bad as an engine that overheats. An overheating engine can produce temperatures around the combustion chamber (cylinder head) high enough to destroy cylinder heads and gaskets. A cold running engine, caused by a defective thermostat that is stuck open, will prevent the removal of condensation forming in the engine that can oxidize and create sludge build-up in the oil pan.

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Warranty

Spectra Premium automotive radiators come with a limited two-year warranty.

Be careful, faulty installation, may void your radiator warranty, stay informed.

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