Don't be "that car" broken down on the freeway with steam pouring from under the hood.
An overheating car isn't only caused by Summer weather, your engine produces dangerous levels of heat and it’s the radiator along with the rest of the cooling system that exists to stop 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.
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 time to have your cooling system checked out.
If your vehicle is showing these signs Come and See the Team at Total Car Care.
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 solution to clean all channels of build up. After the cooling system is flushed through, the cleansing solution is removed 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 engine will be more efficient and have an increased life expectancy.
- Get a boost in vehicle performance and power.
- Lubricate and protect your water pump
How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your car's log book will recomend intervals for when to flush your cooling system, It is commonly suggested that you have your coolant flushed every two years or 40,000 km’s depending on which comes first. However, the size of your engine, regional weather, the age of your current coolant, and the total km's driven can all have an effect on how often you should replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Total Car Care, 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 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 recommended to maintain the safety and performance of your vehicle.
What happens if I don’t get a radiator flush or service?
With time, rust and scale deposits build up and the whole system becomes clogged and it becomes less effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage parts 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 a lot of places offering advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we advise against it. Modern vehicles can be complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can cause any deposits to move around more and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's sensible to have your systems examined 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 expertly checked over 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 – 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 a safe way, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.