Heat Radiation is Your Truck’s BIGGEST CONTROLLABLE Expense (and you didn’t know it – or what to do about it – until now!)
A hot-as-an-oven engine compartment (as all are!) costs you – it is the Silent Killer and the Mortal Enemy of many aspects of your life in your truck – and you never knew it!
And it all originates with your engine – because when your engine is hot, so is everything (including you) located within 10 feet of it!
Your hot engine, even running at “normal” temperatures, radiates heat, through “heat soak”, into
1) Your intake manifolds and F.I. intakes and inter coolers and turbos. Heard of how “Cold Air Intakes” help your performance and fuel mileage? Well, just bring cool air into a HOT intake – which offsets the intention. The best way to cool down the intake is to cool down the under-hood temperature! In Police testing (yes, they want more power and better fuel mileage), it turns out that Hood Louvers lowered the intake temp by 47°! Engineers say that’s about a 10 horsepower increase for turbo diesels and about a 5 HP increase for Fuel Injected (F.I.) vehicles.
We all know 1) Heat kills and 2) Heat is the Mortal Enemy of a) your engine, b) all lubricants, c) all electrical components (delicate relays, ??????, motors, etc.) under the hood d) all plastic and rubber components – as in your ABS system (under the hood) and e) YOU – especially on a hot day (it may not kill you – but it can kill your productivity – who wants to fill out reports, read blueprints, etc. at the jobsite – in a HOT truck??!!
Everyone complains about the heat, but never does anything about it – until well, actually, the problem and solution first cropped up with the U.S. Border Patrol where they wanted to keep their Agents (and K-9’s) cool in their vehicles in the desert heat, where temp can hit 150° in the sun!
Now these “lessons learned” can be taken advantage of by truck owners.