You never want to find yourself broken down on the freeway with steam pouring from under the hood.
Overheating vehicle's arent just caused by hot weather, your engine gets hot, really hot, and it’s the radiator and cooling system that exists to stop your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. A fluid called coolant in the system also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from corrosion as well.
Does my Car Need a Radiator Flush?
As well as an overheating car, a temperature gauge that’s reading hotter than normal or a car leaving puddles behind means it is best to have your cooling sytem checked out.
If you're noticing these things in your car Come and See the Team at Automotive Instincts.
And we will give your radiator and cooling system a well deserved service. Our qualified mechanics will perform a radiator flush, using a fluid designed to clear out any build up. Once the cooling system is cleaned, the cleansing fluid is removed and coolent replaced, your car's cooling system will be running like a dream: a radiator flush might be just what your car needs to bring it back to peak performance.
What are the benefits of a Radiator Flush.
Your radiator will be more efficient, reliable and live longer.
Your engine will be more efficient and have an increased life expectancy.
Boost your vehicles performance and power.
The water pump will last longer due to better protection and lubrication.
How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your vehicle's log book will recommend how often your cooling system should be flushed, It is mostly suggested that you have your coolant flushed every two years or 40,000 km’s depending on which comes first. However, the size of your engine, local weather type, the age of your existing coolant, and the total km's driven can all have an effect on how often you should replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Automotive Instincts, you can request a full 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report for free as part of any minor, major or log book service on your vehicle. This includes checking the coolant in your system and the written report will tell you if we feel a radiator flush, coolant replacement or any repairs are required to maintain the safety and performance of your vehicle.
If I don’t get a radiator flush - what happens?
With time rust and scale deposits accumulate and the whole system becomes jammed up and not so effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage components of your cooling system including your water pump, radiator, hoses and thermostat, reducing the life of those parts and leading to expensive repairs or replacements in the future.
Can I flush the Radiator myself?
While there are many websites and how to's offering advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we don't endorse it. Modern vehicles can be complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can cause more particles to move around and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's wise have your systems checked regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the recommended coolant type, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system checked over by an expert again to ensure full working order and to prevent any costly breakdowns in the future.
Radiator coolant is toxic and needs to be handled very carefully. It is also very sweet smelling which can be attractive for children and some pets so proper storage is very important – having an expert take care of this task means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of in the correct way, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.