As car owners, we have to pay attention to many parts of our cars. Things like tire rotations, oil changes, and filter replacements are all services we understand need to be performed on a regular basis. However, there is one part of a car that is often ignored when it comes to checkups, and that is the radiator.
The radiator is a vital component of a car because it keeps the engine at a stable temperature. It works by cycling coolant through the engine block where it is heated, then passed back through the radiator, where it is cooled, and then sent back to the engine. Radiators need regular service because when the coolant is circulated, it picks up sediment, and if enough builds up, it can cause clogs.
This can be avoided with a radiator flush. A radiator flush is something that should probably be done to your vehicle once a year. A radiator drain is also something you can consider.
Should You Flush or Drain Your Radiator?
A radiator flush sends four to five gallons of coolant through the system, which flushes out the old coolant as well as any contaminants that have built up. Draining, on the other hand, just takes out about half of the total coolant and does not remove all of those contaminants.
In addition, the new coolant will be mixed with the old coolant. This is why radiator flushes are recommended over drains.
Additional Benefits of a Radiator Flush
Having your radiator flushed is something that can add years to the life of your vehicle. A regular flush offers numerous benefits, including:
Removal of scale and rust deposits: As a vehicle ages, scale and rust deposits build up in the radiator. This can cause overheating or radiator damage. A flush takes care of these deposits.
Removal of contaminants: With a flush, all of the old coolant is removed along with any contaminants. Over time, the additives in coolant can lose their anti-corrosive properties, which can cause particles to build up. A flush gets rid of these particles.
Water pump lubrication: Additives in the coolant lubricate the water pump, and regular radiator flushes will extend the life of the pump.
Protection against rust and foam: Additional additives also help stop rust, as well as foam, from building up in the system.
Cooling system inspection: Generally, when a radiator is being flushed, the entire cooling system will be checked. Pressure tests will be conducted to see if there are any leaks. Getting a regular radiator flush will help keep your entire system in good running order.
There are many parts of your car you should not neglect, and your radiator is certainly on that list. If you need radiator service, including a flush, visit Xpress Lube.
When you come to Xpress Lube for your radiator service, we can do everything, from replacing your coolant to checking your fan belts and everything in between.