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Old 08-29-2018, 12:35 PM   #1
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RV-Repair 2000 Chieftan Opinion on guards please

Just replaced radiator, and I really don't want to put those rubber guards back on the sides of the radiator, or the metal plate that holds the air-filter indicator. So the question is, are those safety guards or do they have another function such as air-flow?

PLEASE oh PLEASE GOD don't turn this into one of those safety threads. The fan is WAAYY back behind those things and there are no other moving parts anywhere around.

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Old 08-29-2018, 12:48 PM   #2
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:02 PM   #3
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Yeah, I think this the wrong spot for this type of post anyway.

might try moving it over to cummins engine section.

thanks much!
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:03 PM   #4
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Those shields or guards are on the side of radiator to force all the air flow to go through the radiator and not let any air get pulled past the radiator on the sides.

I would drive the RV and see if the temperatures stay in the normal range under load. If they do, don't worry about reinstalling the side guards. If temps are running hotter than normal, then put the guards back on.
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:21 PM   #5
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Thanks Mike, good reply, and I bet you're right. Thinking it'll prb be OK though with that giant fan perched up inside the shroud.

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For the most part , you will be fine without them , but there is always that long incline on a hot day where the engine just might overheat . If it were my coach , I would reinstall them.
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Those guards may also be there to keep crud out between the CAC (intercooler ) and the Radiator.
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