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Whether your vehicle is modified for the street or the track, keep its engine healthy by selecting the best cooling system components to match today’s horsepower demands.

In High-Performance Automotive Cooling Systems, author Dr. John Kershaw explains the basics of a cooling system’s operation, examines coolant and radiator options, explains how to manage coolant speed through your engine and why it is important, examines how to manage airflow through your radiator, takes a thorough look at cooling fans, and finally uses all this information in the testing and installation of all these components.

When considering how well modern cars perform in many areas, it is easy to forget some of the issues motorists had on a regular basis 40-plus years ago. Cars needed maintenance regularly: plugs and points had to be replaced on a frequent basis, the expected engine life was 100,000 miles rather than double and triple the expectation that you see today, and an everyday hassle, especially in warm climates, was being the victim of an overheating car. It was not uncommon on a hot day to see cars stuck in traffic, spewing coolant onto the ground with the hoods up in a desperate attempt to cool off.

Fast-forward to today, and it’s easy to forget that modern cars even have coolant. The temp needle moves to where it is supposed to be and never moves again until you shut the car off. For drivers of vintage cars, this level of reliability is also attainable.

Muscle cars and hot rod engines today are pushed to the limit with stroker kits and power adders straining the capabilities of your cooling system to extremes never seen before. Whether you are a fan of modern performance cars or a fan of more modern performance in vintage cars, this book will help you build a robust cooling system to complement your engine.

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Whether your vehicle is modified for the street or the track, keep its engine healthy by selecting the best cooling system components to match today’s horsepower demands.

In High-Performance Automotive Cooling Systems, author Dr. John Kershaw explains the basics of a cooling system’s operation, examines coolant and radiator options, explains how to manage coolant speed through your engine and why it is important, examines how to manage airflow through your radiator, takes a thorough look at cooling fans, and finally uses all this information in the testing and installation of all these components.

When considering how well modern cars perform in many areas, it is easy to forget some of the issues motorists had on a regular basis 40-plus years ago. Cars needed maintenance regularly: plugs and points had to be replaced on a frequent basis, the expected engine life was 100,000 miles rather than double and triple the expectation that you see today, and an everyday hassle, especially in warm climates, was being the victim of an overheating car. It was not uncommon on a hot day to see cars stuck in traffic, spewing coolant onto the ground with the hoods up in a desperate attempt to cool off.

Fast-forward to today, and it’s easy to forget that modern cars even have coolant. The temp needle moves to where it is supposed to be and never moves again until you shut the car off. For drivers of vintage cars, this level of reliability is also attainable.

Muscle cars and hot rod engines today are pushed to the limit with stroker kits and power adders straining the capabilities of your cooling system to extremes never seen before. Whether you are a fan of modern performance cars or a fan of more modern performance in vintage cars, this book will help you build a robust cooling system to complement your engine.

Pages : 128
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 349 color photos & illustrations
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613255049
Product Code : SA462

Acknowledgments 

Preface 

 

Chapter 1: Engine Cooling System Basic Operation

Thermodynamics 

Thermodynamic Laws 

Thermal Expansion 

Pressure 

Heat Transfer 

Cooling System Operation 

Cooling System Components 

 

Chapter 2: Coolant Selection 

Coolant Is Antifreeze and Water 

Antifreeze Types 

Antifreeze Components 

Waterless Glycerol-Based Coolant 

BeCool Coolant 

Coolant Service 

 

Chapter 3: Radiators 

Radiator Design

Radiator Materials 

Radiators Types 

Pressurized Cooling System 

Closed Cooling System 

Aftermarket Overflow Tank 

OEM Radiator Design and Testing 

Radiator Selection 

Radiator Inefficiency 

 

Chapter 4: Coolant Flow 

Centrifugal Water Pump Components 

Centrifugal Water Pump Operation 

Hydraulics

Water Pump Design Issues 

Water Pump Construction 

High-Performance Water Pumps 

Electric Water Pumps 

Thermostats 

Thermostat Selection 

Coolant Hoses 

 

Chapter 5: Radiator Airflow

Airflow

Airflow to Remove Heat 

Radiator Shrouds 

 

Chapter 6: Cooling Fans 

General Cooling Fan Information 

Modified Stock and Race Car Cooling Fan Issues 

Viscous Clutch 

Electric Fans 

Electric Cooling Fan Control

Cooling Fan Selection

 

Chapter 7: Basic System Diagnosis 

Information Gathering 

Inspections 

Diagnostic System Checks 

Intermittent Electrical Conditions 

Isolate Root Cause, Repair, and Verify Fix 

Engine Overheating Diagnostics 

Pressure Testing a Cooling System 

Thermostat Diagnosis 

Thermostat Service 

Checking Coolant Protection 

Hose Service 

Water Pump Service 

Drive Belt Tension and Replacement 

Radiator Replacement 

Head Gasket Replacement 

Heater Core Replacement 

Cooling System Design and Service Issues 

 

Chapter 8: Installation 

Coolant System Flow Review

Wiring Harness 

Water Pump Selection

Water Pump Installation

Thermostat, Inlet, and Outlet Selection 

Coolant Hoses 

Radiator Selection

Electric Cooling Fans 

Expansion and Overflow Tanks 

Coolant 

High-Performance Automotive Cooling Systems

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