At Quic Transmission and Automotive Services, we’re all about keeping cars healthy to keep drivers safe. We know from experience that the best way to make sure drivers have safe vehicles is to educate them on the different services that their cars will need. One particular service that every car owner should know about is how to care for your radiator.
The radiator is an important part of your vehicle’s overall health. Part of your car’s internal combustion cooling system, your radiator helps to move heat from the heated coolant mixture through your vehicle. This is accomplished by the radiator pushing the hot water out of the engine block and transferring the cooled liquid back in so it can absorb more heat.
Now that you know what the radiator does, we can breakdown how it benefits from a radiator flush.
• What is a Radiator Flush? – Over time the coolant in your vehicle’s system can accumulate dirt and build-up that can potentially cause your engine to overheat. With a radiator flush, the old coolant is drained from within the radiator and replaced with either new coolant or an anti-freeze and water mixture. This allows the new coolant or mixture to circulate through your vehicle’s cooling system and dissolve or remove any build-up and therefore keeping your engine from overheating.
• Signs That Your Radiator is Clogged – You’ll be able to tell that your radiator is clogged when your engine frequently overheats. This is one of the major tell-tale signs that it’s time to have your radiator flushed. Other signs that your radiator is due for maintenance are the scent of anti-freeze coming from your car or seeing discoloration and visual dirt or debris in your coolant. You can always have a professional mechanic check on your coolant, but if you want to do it at home, it can be done by placing a clean container underneath your vehicle’s drain valve, opening the valve, and allowing a small of coolant to drain into the waiting container. If the coolant is brown instead of green or orange, then it’s time for a flush.
• How Often Should You Flush Your Radiator? – There isn’t a definite answer for how frequently your radiator should be flushed. Most car manufacturers will recommend having a radiator flush every 40,000 – 60,000 miles, but it’s important to keep in mind that the weather in your area can impact how quickly your vehicle will need care. Fortunately, there’s no harm in having your coolant flushed early, so never hesitate to check with your local service technicians to see if they can get it done for you.
Now that you have a better understanding of radiator care, you will be ready to recognize the signs that your coolant needs to be replaced. If you live in the Albuquerque area, you’ll be able to have the friendly team at Quic Transmission and Automotive Services help care for your vehicle. The next time you need a radiator flush, give us a call at (505) 271-8000 and schedule your service visit at our state-of-the-art facility.