You never want to find yourself broken down on the freeway with steam pouring from under the hood.
Overheating car's arent just caused by hot weather, your engine produces dangerous levels of heat and it’s the radiator along with the rest of the cooling system that stops your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. The coolant fluid placed in your system also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from rust and corrosion as well.
Does my Car Need a Radiator Flush?
If your vehicle is overheating, your dashboard shows your car is running hotter than normal or you are leaving puddles of coolant where ever you park it is time to have your cooling system inspected by a professional.
If you see these signs in your vehicle Come and See the Team at Metcalfe Automotive Centre.
And we can perform a well deserved service on your radiator and cooling system. Our fully trained and experienced mechanics will perform a radiator flush, using a solution that removes build up. When the cooling system is cleaned, the cleansing fluid is removed and new coolant added, 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 run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Boost the performance and power of your engine
The water pump will last longer due to better protection and lubrication..
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How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your vehicle's log book makes recommendations for how often to flush your radiator system, It is generally advised that you have your coolant flushed every two years or 40,000 km’s depending on which comes first. However, your engine size, local weather type, the quality of your existing coolant, and the amount of km's driven can all change how often you need to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Metcalfe Automotive Centre, we provide at your 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 advised 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 build up and the whole system becomes blocked and less effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage the important parts of your cooling system including your water pump, radiator, hoses and thermostat, this can reduce the lifespan 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 – Its not something we recommend. These days, vehicles are much more complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can push more debris around and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's advisable to 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 professionally reviewed 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 has a sweet smell which can be enticing to both children and pets so proper storage is very important – letting a trained technician take care of this job means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of correctly, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.