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Does my car need a radiator flush?

As our cars get older, things start to erode and age. This is where periodic oil changes and tune-ups preventing erosion and breakdowns of engines and other operational needs. Another maintenance task is a radiator flush that can also provide some worthy protection, helping your car last longer.

What is a Radiator Flush?

A radiator flush is replacing your old coolant with new coolant, to get rid of any contaminants, rust, or other harmful particles in your cooling system. The radiator's job is to maintain the temperature in your car, preventing your engine from freezing or overheating. The flush is done by removing the cap from the bottom of the radiator releasing the old coolant, filling the radiator with a flushing agent, removing the agent, and then adding the new coolant.

How Often Do You Need It?

It is best to look at your car owner's manual to see how often you need a flush. Your owner's manual can tell you what type of flushing agent and coolant to use as well. It's best to do it every five years, or when your car reaches 100,000 miles. It also depends upon the type of weather your car is exposed to, like extreme heat or extremely low temperatures. In addition to the weather, your driving habits can also be a factor as well.

Signs You Need a Radiator Flush

One sign you need a radiator flush is a visible buildup of rust, corrosion, or debris. These visible signs can alert the driver that the coolant needs to be replaced. Here is a more exhaustive list of symptoms and signs your radiator needs to be flushed:

1. Green or orange fluid coming from the bottom of the car.

2. A grinding sound coming from the engine.

3. Your engine runs hotter than usual after an early start.

4. Steam is coming from the hood.

5. A hot, maple syrup-like smell is coming from under the hood of your car.

These signs and symptoms are the main reasons to have your radiator flushed, so you can continue to keep your engine running smoothly.

If you want to find the right people to do a top-rate radiator flush, stop at our shop. We are in the business of making sure your car is running well, getting you to and from your destinations safely. Stop by our shop today to give your car expert quality care.

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