Fall is the perfect time for a radiator/coolant flush. This transitional time can find you using your car’s defroster in the morning, the A/C during the day, and the heater once night falls. Therefore, you need you ask yourself a few simple questions. Is your heater or defroster working as well as it used to? Have you checked to see if your antifreeze is low or leaking? Or is your coolant/antifreeze so old and dirty that it’s clogging your car’s radiator or heater core? If you have noticed any of these issues, then you need to address them before the freezing winter temperatures set in. Schedule a coolant flush service during October 2021 with All A’s Automotive & Transmission Repair and save $10.
Is A Radiator/Coolant Flush Necessary?
All auto manufacturers recommend a periodic coolant or radiator flush. The time frames can vary widely by car type, automobile brand, and your specific driving habits. Read your owner’s manual to find out the suggested cooling system maintenance schedule for your car. You can expect to have a coolant flush every 30,000 – 100,000 miles or every 3 – 5 years.
The Signs I Need A Radiator/Coolant Flush?
Occasionally, you may need a coolant flush earlier than the manufacturer’s suggested time-frame. A few signs that you may need a coolant flush are:
- Car is overheating
- Leaking coolant under your car
- A sweet or odd smell inside the car
- Puddle of coolant on the floorboard
- Unusual engine noises (grinding, knocking, etc.)
- Heater or A/C doesn’t work well
Benefits Of A Radiator/Coolant Flush?
A coolant flush should include a full inspection and pressure testing of the entire HVAC system to find any leaks or faulty components. It will also remove built-up contaminants, like rust and scale, from the radiator and other parts. A coolant flush may also improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Fresh Antifreeze (or Coolant)
Fresh antifreeze is added to the system after the radiator flush is completed. The type of coolant is critical, so be sure to use the type recommended by the manufacturer for your specific vehicle. The fresh coolant will provide many benefits, including:
- Lubricate the water pump and other components
- Inhibit rust, corrosion, leaks, and foam
- Regulate the temperature of the engine
- Prevent fluid from freezing and damaging the engine
Clean Heater Core = Better Heat
The heater core is located behind the dashboard. It looks like a smaller version of the radiator behind your front grill and works on the same principles. The narrow fins can get clogged with scale or other debris, resulting in a poorly functioning heater. A coolant flush will help clean any contaminants from the heater core, often improving the performance of your heater and defroster.
Antifreeze is poisonous if inhaled or ingested, so please take all necessary precautions when handling it. Never store antifreeze in food or beverage containers. Always properly label containers that hold antifreeze.
Please keep it away from children, pets, and wildlife. Clean up spills and leaks immediately to avoid accidental exposure or consumption. Never pour antifreeze (used or unused) down the drain. Antifreeze/coolant is a hazardous material. Therefore, check your department of public works for antifreeze recycling options in your area.
Radiator/Coolant Flush Service in Midland, MI
All A’s Automotive & Transmission Repair offers services for all vehicles, including Acura, Ford, Chevy, and Volkswagen. We will help you keep your automobile in great shape with the best auto parts available while remaining within your budget. From basic tune-ups to complicated repairs, we offer comprehensive auto services by experienced technicians.