You never want to find yourself stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood.
Overheating vehicle's arent just caused by Summer weather, your engine radiates a lot of extreme 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. A coolant fluid in the system also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from rust 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 best to have your cooling system checked over by a professional. The cooling system needs to be assessed and serviced by a trained mechanic, since mixing coolants and not flushing the cooling system correctly before adding new coolant can cause Electrolysis which causes cooling systems to rust and leak.
If your car is displaying these symptoms Come and See the Team at Power Drive Automotive Repairs.
And we can service your radiator and cooling system properly. Our fully trained expert mechanics will perform a radiator flush, using a cleansing solution to remove build up. Once the cooling system is cleaned, the solution is drained and new coolant 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, reliable and live longer.
Your engine will run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Overall performance and power in your vehicle will be boosted.
Your water pump is further protected as it is better lubricated.
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How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your vehicle's log book will recommend how often 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 weather type, the quality of your existing coolant, and the amount of km's driven all affect how often you should replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Power Drive Automotive Repairs, 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.
If I don’t get a radiator flush - what happens?
Given time rust and scale deposits accumulate and the whole system becomes congested and not as good at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage important 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 you can certainly find plenty of advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we say don't do it! Today's vehicles can be complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can stir up even more sediment and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's sensible to have your systems inspected regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the specific type of coolant for your car, 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 to children and pets so proper storage is very important – letting 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.