The number one thing that is likely to destroy your radiator is electrolysis. When the engine grounds or PCM grounds are old, weak or break, the engine coolant becomes a ground path. In modern builds with LSX or EFI swaps, this can be a major problem. Especially when using an OEM wiring harness that has been cut up or butchered for a swap.
Vehicles at significant risk of electrolysis are corvettes, s-10 swaps, 4th gen fbodies, any EFI swap and most LSX swaps.
Other culprits include cheap Home Depot crimp connectors that are not made for automotive use. They look great when you install them, but check on them 6 months later. Especially the super cheap ones made from vinyl.
Any vehicle with ratchet old wiring is especially at risk of electrolysis. This is bad news. When too much electrical current ends up in the radiator, it’s a grim prognosis for your radiator. It’s actually a death warrant for your radiator, it’s a just matter of time until it starts leaking.
Much like the anodizing process with aluminum, when you have current flowing through the radiator, it puts the corrosion process on steroids and destroys the brazed tube-to-header joint on the radiator. There is no saving the radiator once this happens.
This electrode kit will substantially help reduce the effects of electrolysis by concentrating the current flow on the zinc anode rather than the radiator. After lots of testing, our new version has a tapped port for grounding the anode to the chassis. So the consumable electrode gets destroyed rather than your shiny new radiator.
Includes the anode, wiring, crimp connectors and instruction manual. Has 1/4″ NPT thread and works in place of most drain cocks.