No-one wants to be "that car" broken down on the freeway with steam pouring from under the hood.
Overheating vehicle's arent just caused by hot weather, your engine gives off a lot of extreme heat and it’s the radiator and cooling system that exists to stop your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. There is special fluid called coolant in your system that also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from corrosion as well.
Do I 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 time to have your cooling system inspected by a professional.
If your car is displaying these symptoms Come and See the Team at Hormans Service Centre.
And we can perform a well deserved service on your radiator and cooling system. Our qualified mechanics will flush your cooling system, using a solution to clean all channels of build up. When the cooling system has been cleaned out, the solution is removed 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 run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Your will increase your engines efficiency and life expectancy.
Get a boost in vehicle performance and power.
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 log book makes recommendations for how often to flush your cooling system, It is generally suggested that you have your coolant flushed every two years or 40,000 km’s depending on which comes first. However, your engine type and size, regional weather, the quality of your existing coolant, and the total distance driven all affect how regular you have to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Hormans Service Centre, you can request a a full 65 Point Vehicle Inspection for free as part of any minor, major or log book service on your vehicle. This includes inspecting 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 performance of your vehicle.
If I don’t get a radiator flush - what happens?
With time rust and scale deposits accumulate and the whole system becomes jammed up and it stops being effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage the many parts 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 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. Today's vehicles are complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can cause any deposits to move around more and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's advisable to have your systems inspected regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the recommended coolant type, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system checked over 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 attractive to children and pets so proper storage is very important – having a trained technician take care of this task 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.
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