The easiest way to explain it, a radiator is part of a system designed to keep your engine cool. However, while many people know what a radiator does, few know the vital maintenance task required to keep it in good condition — radiator flushing. In our article we explain what radiator flushing is, why it's so important, and how to perform this easy task yourself.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU FLUSH YOUR RADIATOR?
The best way to find out when you're due for a radiator flush is to consult your car owner's manual. However, there are some cases where you may need to flush your radiator in shorter intervals that your owner's manual recommends. It will depend on the weather conditions in which you drive your car and your driving habits. You should flush your radiator once every five years or every 100,000 miles that you go.
However, there are some signs that your car needs a coolant flush. How do you know if you need a radiator flush? If you notice any debris, rust, or corrosion on your radiator, flush your radiator or have a mechanic perform a radiator flush as soon as possible. Considering that flushing your radiator has many benefits and the procedure is relatively straightforward, it should never be put off.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FLUSH YOUR RADIATOR
Flushing your radiator helps ensure your cooling system always operates smoothly. It will help eliminate rust, dirt, and various other undesired particles that accumulate over time. If your coolant, which is a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water, gets too contaminated, it cannot cool your engine efficiently while it is running. In wintertime, harmful coolant may be unable to prevent freeze-ups while your car is not running, which could do severe or even irreparable damage to your engine. Examples of this damage include a cracked head or block — situations you want to avoid.
Furthermore, if your coolant isn't changed regularly, it will begin to lose its capability to resist corrosion, which may damage various metals in your engine, including steel, copper, and aluminum. If corrosion and scale build-up in your system, it can clog the radiator's tiny passages, the water pump, the engine's water jackets, and even the heater core.
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