What is a stay rod?

New Stay Rods in Hamilton NZ

The radiator is an important part of any vehicle. It provides your engine with a controlled flow of coolant, preventing the engine from overheating. In classic and hot-rod cars, stay rods (or radiator supports) are used to hold the radiator in place. The stay rod secures the radiator by connecting to solid mounting points. This prevents the radiator assembly coming loose or being damaged while you are driving.
How does the radiator work?

Over time, stay rods can be prone to bending or breaking due to the large amounts of force they are often subject to. For this reason, modern cars do not use stay rods. Instead, they use improved radiator support systems which hold the radiator in place with bushings and/or brackets.

A damaged stay rod should be repaired or replaced sooner rather than later. This is because it can damage the radiator and lead to more expensive repairs. A broken stay rod can also affect the stability of the radiator and surrounding components, making your vehicle potentially unsafe to drive.


Symptoms of a damaged stay rod:

Rattling noise while driving – Clunking or rattling noises coming from the front of the vehicle, particularly when driving over bumps or rough terrain, could be indicative of a problem with the stay rod (radiator support).

Radiator not mounted correctly – A damaged or weakened support structure may cause the radiator to become misaligned. This can lead to issues with power/ignition, proper airflow and cooling efficiency. Inspect the radiator support for any visible signs of damage, such as bends, cracks, or rust. Physical damage to the support structure can compromise the radiator’s stability.

Coolant leaks – If you notice coolant leaking from your car, a faulty stay rod may have lead to your radiator becoming damaged and leaking. Coolant leaks should be fixed as soon as possible before the lack of coolant causes your engine to overheat.
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Overheating engine – A damaged stay rod can damage the radiator or affect its ability to send coolant to your engine. This will result in your engine reaching higher temperatures. If you suspect that your engine is overheating, pull over as soon as possible to prevent further engine damage.

Misalignment of other parts – Issues with the radiator support can impact the alignment of other front-end components, including the headlights, grille, and front panels.


Is it safe to drive with a damaged stay rod?

It is not recommended to drive with a damaged alternator stay rod for several reasons. The alternator stay rod is a critical component of your vehicle’s suspension system, designed to enhance stability, reduce body roll during turns, and improve overall handling. If the alternator stay rod is damaged, it can affect the vehicle’s performance and safety. It can also damage the alternator and surrounding components, leading to a much higher repair bill.

New Stay Rod Replacement & Repairs in Hamilton

Is your car in need of a new stay rod? If so, we can help!

At Grimmer Motors, our trusted and friendly mechanics can replace a broken, bent or loose stay rod. This will allow for coolant to always reach your engine, preventing it from overheating. We can source and install high-quality replacement stay rods, which are designed to last the test of time and keep your radiator securely mounted at all times.

For stay rod and replacement in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!


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