You never want to find yourself broken down on the freeway with steam pouring from under the hood.
If your car is overheating you can't just blame the weather, your engine gives off a lot of extreme heat and it’s the radiator along with the rest of the cooling system that works hard to prevent your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. The coolant fluid placed in your system also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from corrosion as well.
How Do I know I need a Radiator 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 time to have your cooling system inspected.
If you see these signs in your vehicle Come and See the Team at West Car Clinic.
And we can service your radiator and cooling system properly. Our fully trained expert mechanics will flush your cooling system, using a cleansing solution to remove build up. When the cooling system is cleaned, the cleaner is drained and coolent replaced, 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 car maker's log book provides recommendations for when your cooling system should be flushed, It is mostly suggested that you flush your coolant system every two years or 40,000 km’s depending on which comes first. However, your engine size, local weather type, the condition of your existing coolant, and the amount of km's driven can all change how often you need to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At West Car Clinic, you can 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 checking the level and condition of coolant in your 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?
Eventually rust and scale deposits accumulate and the whole system becomes jammed up and less effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage the important parts of your cooling system including your water pump, radiator, hoses and thermostat, this can reduce the lifespan of those parts and leading to expensive repairs or replacements in the future.
Can I flush the Radiator myself?
While there are a lot of websites giving advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – it’s not something we would advise you to do. These days, vehicles are much more 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 wise have your systems checked 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 reviewed by an expert 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 smells sweet which can be inviting to children and pets so proper storage is very important – having a trained technician handle this task for you means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of in a safe way, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.