The Importance of Radiator Care and Coolant Flush

- 8/30/2019

 

It’s not enough to add more water and anti-freeze to your radiator as the fluid evaporates off. Your car’s cooling system should be flushed–cleaned by circulating water and a cleaning agent throughout the engine–periodically to completely change out the old, dirty fluid. 

Coolant flushes are an essential part of automobile maintenance. You should not do this at home, rather let an experienced Complete Automotive Maintenance Center professional handle the flushing and refilling of the coolant in your car.  If you do it yourself, air can get trapped in the various nooks and crannies of your engine system and aid in the corrosion processes. 

Whenever worn-out parts are replaced a flush should be performed to prevent contamination of new components and extend their usefulness.  Your car manufacturer may recommend a coolant flush every two years or 30,000 miles. Climate and the age or condition of your car may make it more prudent to change your fluids every year or even every season. Annual servicing by a professional ensures that your coolant system is also examined for leaks and defects that you may miss if you attempt the flush on your own.

Modern aluminum engine components are prone to corrosion. Most coolants lose their anti-corrosive properties after two years, but anytime you see rusty fluid instead of green, red or orange, it’s time for a flush. A clean system will run more efficiently and protect your car.

Also, mineral deposits from water, gunk that accumulates from coolant breaking down, and residue from metal erosion as well as from parts that fail can clog the water pump. This makes your engine run hotter and impairs its performance. Flushing the system removes the sediments and sludge that accumulate over time.

If it has been a while since your last coolant flush, bring you car in to one of your 5 convenient Complete Automotive Maintenance Center locations.  We can flush your radiator and get you back on the road in no time.