You never want to find yourself broken down on the freeway with steam pouring from under the hood.
Don't blame hot weather for your car overheating, your engine gives off heat, a lot of heat, and it’s the cooling system and radiator that stops your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. A coolant fluid in the system also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from rust and corrosion as well.
Does my Car Need a Radiator Flush?
Do you notice puddles under your car? Does your temp gauge read hotter than normal? Is your car overheating? Then it is time to have your cooling system inspected by a professional.
If your vehicle is showing these signs come and see the Team at Peter Mann Automotive.
And we can perform a well deserved service on your radiator and cooling system. Our fully trained team of experts will properly flush your radiator, using a fluid designed to clear out any build up. After the cooling system is flushed through, the solution is emptied and the system filled with fresh coolant solution, 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 will increase your engines efficiency and life expectancy.
Overall performance and power in your vehicle will be boosted.
The water pump will last longer due to better protection and lubrication..
How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your manufacturer's log book will recommend how regularly your radiator should be flushed, It is commonly suggested that you flush your coolant system every two years or 40,000 km’s depending on which comes first. However, your engine type and size, local seasons, the condition of your existing coolant, and the total distance driven all affect how regular you have to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Peter Mann Automotive, at your request we will perform 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 level and condition of coolant in your system and the written report will tell you if we feel a radiator flush, coolant replacement or any repairs are recommended to maintain the safety and performance of your vehicle.
What happens if I don’t get a radiator flush or service?
Eventually rust and scale deposits collect 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 important 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 a lot of websites giving advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we don’t recommend it. Today's vehicles are complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can stir up the deposits and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's best to have your systems checked regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the right type of coolant, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system tested 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 smells sweet which can be attractive to children and pets so proper storage is very important – letting a professional do this job for you means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of safely, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.