In the early 2000s, a number of 4×4 vehicles had factory-fitted plastic aluminium radiators instead of the more traditional copper-brass construction

While this brings cost savings and light weight, it also resulted in some negatives, says ADRAD.
Typically, when a plastic aluminium radiator has a leak or blockage, it gets replaced as they are difficult to work on or to repair.
ADRAD states copper-brass radiators have an advantage of being readily serviceable and repairable.
The soldered-on brass tanks can be removed allowing the core to be examined and any debris or blocked tubes cleaned out. The tanks can then simply be soldered back on again.
If a brass radiator tube develops a leak, it can be easily patched using solder.
Not having to wait on ordered parts to arrive means you get your vehicle back on the road right away.
With some knowledge and basic tools, this repair can even be performed on the roadside which could be lifesaving if you break down in a remote area.
The downside of copper-brass is the weight and cost, both of which can be double or more.
Extra rows of brass tube deliver plenty of cooling for towing or when the going gets slow and tough.
ADRAD says if you want peace of mind and the option of a quick fix, then you’ll prefer the old school design.
ADRAD has copper-brass radiators to suit 70 series Landcruiser, Y61 Patrol and more.

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