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Arrowhead Radiator is a family owned third generation business established in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1951. For over 60 years we have established our reputation for quality radiator repairs and suburb replacement radiators. We continue our tradition of providing the best quality, service and repairs for radiators, gas tanks, charge air coolers, fuel and gas tanks, heaters, Etc. We are committed to customer satisfaction, and are recognized as the largest family owned radiator service shop operation, in Las Vegas, Nevada. We service any size radiator including cars, trucks, heavy duty, commercial or Industrial radiators. Arrowhead Radiator is located (6) six blocks North of Downtown Las Vegas, on Main Street. Our address is 621 North Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.

Our services include sales for automotive, commercial and industrial radiators, charge air coolers, heater cores preventative cooling system maintenance programs, prevention of cylinder head gasket and cooling system failures. We offer brand new complete radiators, charge air coolers, plastic and metal tanks, aluminum radiators, OEM replacement radiators, copper and brass radiators, and all metal radiators locally and online thorough our national chain of radiator warehouses located throughout the United States. Each radiator meets or exceeds the original equipment manufacturers specifications, is guaranteed to be a perfect fit replacement part at a wholesale price. Please direct any questions you may have to us at 800-823-4096, and we will be happy to help.

 

 

Services we Provide include:

  • Metal and plastic radiators cleaned & repaired

  • Plastic tanks & gaskets replaced

  • General radiator repairs

  • Filler neck, "pinhole leaks," inlet and outlet connections replaced and repaired

  • Gas and fuel tanks cleaned and sealed to help stop internal rusting

  • Aluminum welding

  • A/C condensers repaired

  • Radiators and charge air coolers (CAC) repaired and rebuilt.

  • Tractor radiator service

  • Preventative maintenance to prevent radiator failure

  • Overheating solutions

  • TIG Welding

 

 

Products we offer include:

  • Radiators for cars, trucks, tractors, light and heavy duty trucks, commercial and industrial

  • New complete radiators

  • Charge air Coolers

  • Automotive radiators

  • Car radiators

  • Passenger cars

  • Re-cored radiators

  • Light truck radiators

  • Import & racing car radiators

  • Heavy duty truck radiators

  • Commercial radiators

  • Industrial Radiators 

  • New charge air coolers

  • New heavy duty replacement radiator tanks & side straps

  • Air conditioning condensers

  • New heater cores 

  • Aluminum radiators

  • New replacement gas and fuel tanks

 

 

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"Great site with a boat load of tech info...Thank you for your time, Scott"

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now that is fast service!.. Thanks... Frank"

"Thank you for responding to my overheating question.  You have answered my question and I would like to say thank you, for the information you provided... Tony"

"Thank you for the prompt response. One of the BEST websites I've seen! The absolute BEST radiator web site!!. Jim"

"We are preparing an article for Civil Infrastructure magazine...your most helpful website impressed us! May we quote your words of wisdom...Paul"

"I have read your web site data, and believe that you have the most comprehensive and comprehensible information on head gasket failure data.  Thanks for making this available to the public, as it reflects how much you know about the importance of cooling engines for sound performance.

"Its unusual to find a company that provides service after selling me a new radiator.  Thanks for shipping me the accessories I needed...John"

"The radiator arrived today, and I wanted to let you know that I am impressed...The packaging (superb, by the way) was undamaged.  I did not expect to see the radiator until tomorrow, at the earliest...The desert around here eats cars and cooling systems...Anyhow, thank you again for the fantastic service and superior product...Harry, P.E., Licensed Mechanical Engineer, 29 years of automotive repair experience."

 

 

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Radiator and Engine Cooling Process Defined:

Radiators are used for cooling internal combustion engines, chiefly in automobiles but also in piston-engined aircraft, railway locomotives, motorcycles, heavy duty equipment, stationary generating plants or any similar use of such an engine.

They operate by passing a liquid coolant through the engine block, where it is heated, then through the radiator itself where it loses this heat to the atmosphere. This coolant is usually water-based, but may also be oil. It is usual for the coolant flow to be pumped.

To cool down the engine, coolant heated from flowing through the engine is fed into the header of the radiator via the inlet and then cools down as it circulates through the tubes to the opposite header and cold coolant exits back into the engine via the outlet, and the cycle is repeated. As it circulates through the tubes, the coolant transfers its heat to the tubes which, in turn, transfer the heat to the fins that are lodged between each row of tubes. The fins then radiate the heat transferred by the tubes to the surrounding air, hence the term radiator.

Radiators are often paired with a fan that blows air through the radiator. Air is an important part of the heat transfer process because it takes the heat away from the radiator. Air heats up relatively quickly and that in order for the radiator to continue to transfer heat to the surrounding air effectively, the heated air must continuously be replaced by cool air so that the heat transfer process can continue. Thatís why the radiator is located behind the grill at the front end of the car. As the car moves, air flows through the radiator and continuously "takes" away heat. However, when the car is not moving or when natural airflow is insufficient, a fan pointed directly at the core forces more air through it and more heat is transferred.

In automobiles with a liquid-cooled internal combustion engine a radiator is connected to channels running through the engine and cylinder head, through which a liquid (coolant) is pumped. This liquid may be water (in climates where water is unlikely to freeze), but is more commonly a mixture of water and antifreeze in proportions appropriate to the climate. Antifreeze itself is usually ethylene glycol or propylene glycol (with a small amount of corrosion inhibitor).

The radiator transfers the heat from the fluid inside to the air outside, thereby cooling the engine. Radiators are also often used to cool automatic transmissions, air conditioners, and sometimes to cool engine oil. Radiators are typically mounted in a position where they receive airflow from the forward movement of the vehicle, such as behind a front grill. Where engines are mid-or rear-mounted, it is common to mount the radiator behind a front grill to achieve sufficient airflow, even though this requires long coolant pipes. Alternatively, the radiator may draw air from the flow over the top of the vehicle or from a side-mounted grill. For long vehicles, such as buses, side airflow is most common for engine and transmission cooling and top airflow most common for air conditioner cooling.

Radiator construction:

Automobile radiators are constructed of a pair of header tanks, linked by a core with many narrow passageways, thus a high surface area relative to its volume. This core is usually made of stacked layers of metal sheet, pressed to form channels and soldered or brazed together. For many years radiators were made from brass or copper cores soldered to brass headers. Modern radiators save money and weight by using plastic headers and may use aluminum cores. This construction is less easily repaired than traditional materials.

An earlier construction method was the honeycomb radiator. Round tubes were swaged into hexagons at their ends, then stacked together and soldered. As they only touched at their ends, this formed what became in effect a solid water tank with many air tubes through it.

Vintage cars may also have used radiator cores made from coiled tube, a less-efficient but simpler construction.

All automobiles for many years have used centrifical water pumps to circulate their coolant, driven by geared drives or more commonly by a belt drive. This "fan belt" has a well-established reputation for being slightly unreliable, a failure being rapidly obvious as the engine overheats. Despite the name though, it's the coolant pump's failure that causes the overheating, not the fan. For more information please go to our Technical Articles.

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