Not just skin deep

MACS member Delphi Product and Service Solutions recommends the following tips to help you inspect your new product right out of the box:

Delphi recommends




DO: Make sure the radiator is not mishandled during a subassembly operation or re-installation. Make certain that subsequent operations, such as cooling fan installation, do not damage the radiator. Radiators are fragile. The soft aluminum tubes and centers are very thin to provide efficient heat transfer and weight reduction. Plastic tanks are more robust than the aluminum core but are still prone to damage if knocked against a workbench, a toolbox, or a vehicle.
DO: Keep the shipping caps for the oil cooler circuit in place until the oil lines are installed. This keeps out moisture and dirt, and prevents contaminants from getting on the flare fittings or contaminating o-ring seats.
DO: Handle new defective or suspect radiators with care so no additional damage occurs. They must be returned to the place of purchase. Additional damage can destroy or mask the discrepancy, making it difficult for the supplier to analyze and determine the root cause for return.
DO NOT: Place a radiator on the floor. If the radiator requires attention, use a workbench or table. Tubes are easily bent and fractured resulting in premature failure and poor performance. Plastic tanks are easily cracked or broken causing leaks and mounting problems.
DO NOT: Remove the oil cooler shipping caps with sharp tools. This could damage the threads or quick-connect surface and result in a leak.


The Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s blog has been honored as the best business to business blog in the Automotive Aftermarket by the Automotive Communications Awards and the Car Care Council Women’s Board!

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be, click here for more information.

You can E-mail us at or visit to find a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Visit to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

The 33rd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Be the Best of the Best will take place February 7-9, 2013 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL.


About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues.
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