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 along with the rest of the cooling system that prevents your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. A special fluid called coolant is added to your system which also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from rust as well.
Signs you need a Radiator flush or Cooling system service:
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 system checked over by a professional.
If you're noticing these things in your car Come and See the Team at Brighton Tyre & Auto Centre.
And we can service your cooling system and flush your radiator. Our fully trained team of experts will flush your cooling system, using a solution that removes build up. When the cooling system is clean, the solution is removed and fresh new coolant is 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 run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Your will increase your engines efficiency and 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 car maker's log book makes recommendations for how often to service your cooling system, It is generally advised 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 weather type, the quality of your current coolant, and the total distance driven all affect how regular you have to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Brighton Tyre & Auto Centre, 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 inspecting the coolant and cooling 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?
Eventually rust and scale deposits collect and the whole system becomes blocked and it becomes less effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage the many parts 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 recommend it. Today's vehicles are complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can stir up even more sediment and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's sensible 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 tested 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 appealing to children and pets so proper storage is very important – letting a professional 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 proper manner, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.