If you have ever heard your mechanic recommending a radiator flush and wondered how a radiator flush helps your engine’s cooling system? At Bowers Automotive we love when our customers ask questions. We think every driver should have a basic understanding of their vehicle, but we know that some are too busy or embarrassed to ask us for thorough explanations of every service we offer. Here, we explain what you need to know about radiator flushes and how often it should be done.
Combustion engines, like those found in most vehicles driven today, need to burn fuel to produce energy and power the vehicle. In doing this, they produce more heat than is necessary. If the engine parts are exposed to an excess of heat, they can quickly become damaged and stop functioning. This is where your car cooling system comes in. A liquid coolant circulates around the engine and through the radiator, allowing excess heat to escape and preventing your engine from overheating.
The liquid coolant is made up of a mixture of water and antifreeze. Over time this coolant breaks down and becomes acidic. If not regularly changed, it can corrode the inside of the cooling system, causing permanent damage. A radiator flush involves removing the old coolant and replacing it with a fresh batch. Additionally, your mechanic may also use chemicals to clean out the build-up of waste and scale deposits from inside of the radiator and cooling system.
Regularly having the radiator flushed will ensure that the engine is kept cool. A failing cooling system can allow the engine to overheat, warping delicate components and causing your car to break down. Fresh liquid coolant contains the lubricants and additives needed to keep the entire cooling system running efficiently. A regularly scheduled radiator flush will maintain the water pump and radiator in good condition, thus extending the life of your engine’s cooling system.
It is recommended to have your radiator flushed every 30,000 – 60,000 miles, however, check your owner’s manual for specific guidelines. If the cooling system undergoes a major repair job, it is a good idea to have the whole system flushed to extend the lifetime of replacement parts. If you think your engine is running hotter than normal, or you notice any unusual smells or fluid leakages coming from the engine, this may indicate a problem with your cooling system.
If in doubt, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle in for diagnostics at Bowers Automotive. Our ASE certified technicians use modern diagnostic tools to pinpoint faults and quickly repair them. Hopefully, now you understand better how a radiator flush helps your engine’s cooling system and why it is important to have it done regularly. Keeping your cooling system in a pristine state means you are less likely to break down and incur expensive repair costs down the road. If you have any inquiries about maintaining your vehicle in good condition, simply call us today!