Edmonton Coolant Flush And Radiator Services
Your radiator is part of your vehicle’s cooling system, which, you guessed it, keeps your vehicle running cool. During operation, inside your engine are an endless series of controlled explosions which give off a great deal of heat. In addition to this, there are a plethora of moving parts which creates friction and heat. Your cooling system helps maintain an appropriate running temperature to keep your vehicle operating safely and smoothly.
What Does Flushing Your Coolant System Do?
Flushing your coolant system removes old and degraded antifreeze that is currently in your vehicle. After the old antifreeze is drained out, a mixture of distilled water and cleaner is circulated through the coolant system to further remove any impurities and buildup that has formed. When this cycle has been completed, fresh antifreeze is added. This should be part of a regular maintenance regimen to ensure your car runs for as long as possible.
When Should You Flush Your Radiator?
The go-to rule for radiator flushes is every 100,000 miles, or every 5 years. However if you do a large amount of driving, or if you’re experiencing any of the following signs, you may need to get a radiator flush much sooner.
5 Signs That It’s Time To Flush Your Radiator
What Happens If I Don't Flush My Coolant?
If you don’t regularly flush your radiator, you will experience buildups and blockages in your coolant system. This will result in your car not being properly cooled and will soon begin overheating. Also, engine coolant does not last forever, and will lose its efficacy over time.
Frequently asked questions
Most frequent questions and answers about coolant flushes
Is A Coolant Flush Necessary?
In order to keep your coolant system running well, regularly scheduled radiator flushes are absolutely necessary.
Can You Add Coolant Without Flushing?
Yes, but a flush is highly recommended. Without performing a proper flush before replacing the coolant, any potential blockages and deposits will not be eliminated. This will result in your new coolant running through a less than optimal coolant system, which could result in overheating, and other problems.
Is It Bad To Add Coolant Without Draining The Old?
If your coolant levels are running a little low and just in need of a top up, then no. But be mindful that you are adding similar, or compatible antifreezes. However, if you find yourself topping up your coolant more than you feel is normal, this signifies a leak somewhere in your system. In this case, a flush and an inspection should be scheduled as soon as possible. If you are doing it yourself and you believe the leak to be minor and somewhere in the radiator, try using a “stop-leak” product.
Is It OK To Drive With Low Coolant?
No, it is not. If your coolant levels are low as detected by your car’s dashboard warning lights, or you suspect your coolant levels to be low, you are causing unnecessary strain on your engine. Especially if continued for a long time, having your engine operate at a hotter than normal temperature will cause steady damage and take years off your car’s life expectancy. The only reason you should operate your vehicle with sub-optimal coolant levels is to get yourself (somewhere close) where they can remedy the problem.
Does Engine Coolant Go Bad?
Yes. As with everything, coolant has a shelf life, and once you are beyond that it stops doing its job. For coolant, the number is around 5 years, or 100,000 miles, whatever comes first. However, depending on what car you drive, and what kind of coolant it takes, these numbers change drastically. Also, take into account how much you drive, and how you drive. If in doubt, sample some antifreeze from the car’s coolant reservoir. If the fluid appears somewhat translucent and close to its factory color (usually bright green or orange), then chances are your coolant is still good. If you’re having doubts about something in the coolant system, take it in anyway, a few bucks here is better than a whole lot more down the road! However, if your fluid looks brown and you can see small particles floating about, it’s probably time for a radiator flush.
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