You never want to find yourself stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood.
An overheating car isn't only caused by Summer weather, your engine can get extremely hot and it’s the radiator and cooling system that does all the work to keep 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 rust as well.
Signs you need a Radiator flush or Cooling system service:
If your dashboard shows your car is running hotter than normal, your vehicle is overheating or you are leaving puddles of coolant where ever you park it is time to have your cooling system inspected by a professional.
If your vehicle is showing these signs Come and See the Team at Auto Stop.
And we can service your cooling system and flush your radiator. Our fully trained team of experts will perform a proper radiator flush, using a solution which is designed to remove any build up. Once the cooling system is flushed, the solution is removed and fresh 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 be more efficient - and it will last a lot longer.
Your engine will run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Get a boost in your car's performance and power.
Your water pump is further protected as it is better lubricated..
How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your car's log book will recomend intervals for when your radiator system should be flushed, It is usually suggested that you have your system flushed every two years or 40,000 km’s whichever comes first. However, your engine size, local seasons, the age of your existing coolant, and the amount of km's driven all affect how often you should replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Auto Stop, 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 advised to maintain the performance of your vehicle.
What happens if I postpone a radiator flush?
Given time rust and scale deposits accumulate and the whole system becomes choked and it becomes less 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, 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 a lot of websites giving advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – it’s not something we would advise you to do. Today's vehicles are complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can stir up even more particles 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 right type of coolant, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system professionally 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 attractive for children and some pets so proper storage is very important – having a professional take care of this job means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of in the correct way, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.