No-one wants to be "that car" 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 produces a lot of extreme heat and it’s the radiator and cooling system that prevents your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. A special fluid called coolant is added to your system which also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from rust and corrosion as well.
Do I need a Radiator Flush or Cooling System Service?
If your vehicle is overheating, your dashboard shows your car is running hotter than normal or you are leaving puddles of coolant where ever you park it is time to have your cooling system checked out.
If you're noticing these things in your car Come and See the Team at Bonola Automotive.
And we can perform a well deserved service on your radiator and cooling system. Our expert technicians will perform a radiator flush, using a solution to clean all channels of build up. When the cooling system is cleaned, the cleansing 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 engine will be more efficient and have an increased life expectancy.
- Boost your car's performance and power.
- Your water pump is further protected as it is better lubricated.
How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your car's log book will outline how often to service your cooling system, It is usually advisable that you have your coolant flushed every two years or 40,000 km’s depending on which comes first. However, the size of your engine, local seasons, the condition of your existing coolant, and the total km's driven can all have an effect on how often you should replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Bonola Automotive, at your request we will perform a full 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report 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 advised to maintain the safety and performance of your vehicle.
What happens if I don’t get a radiator flush or service?
With Time rust and scale deposits accumulate and the whole system becomes congested and it stops being 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, affecting the lifespan of those parts and leading to expensive repairs or replacements in the future.
Can I flush the Radiator myself?
Websites and How-To's are around offering advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we advise against it. 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 examined regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with coolant of the right specifications, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system tested 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 has a sweet smell which can be enticing to both children and pets so proper storage is very important – letting an expert 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.