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 a lot of extreme heat and it’s the radiator and cooling system that works hard to prevent your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. There is special fluid called coolant in your system that also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from corrosion as well.
How Do I know I need a Radiator 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 time to have your cooling system checked out.
So if your car is showing these signs Come and See the Team at Service Plus Auto Care.
And we can perform a well deserved service on your radiator and cooling system. Our expert technicians will flush your radiator, using a solution that removes build up. Once the cooling system is clean, the cleaner is drained 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 - and it will last a lot longer.
Your engine will be more efficient and have an increased 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's log book provides an outline for how often your radiator should be flushed, It is generally suggested that you flush your coolant system every two years or 40,000 km’s depending on which comes first. However, the size of your engine, regional weather, the condition of your existing coolant, and the total km's driven can all have an effect on how often you should replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Service Plus Auto Care, we offer 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 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 build up and the whole system becomes clogged and it stops being effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage components of your cooling system including your water pump, radiator, hoses and thermostat, affecting 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 – it’s not something we would advise you to do. Modern vehicles can be complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can cause more particles to move around and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's best to have your systems examined regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the specific type of coolant for your car, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system expertly 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 has a sweet smell which can be attractive to children and pets so proper storage is very important – having a trained technician handle this task for you 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.