Flush Your Radiator!

As time goes on, there are some sorts of solid deposits that can form inside a car’s Radiator System. When those solid deposits form, it causes different blockages that can eventually make the circulation of the coolant much less efficient. It can also mean that you may have to go to your local junk yard and pick up another Radiator if it’s that bad.

When there’s blockage, your car will then run hotter and then the other systems in the vehicle will be damaged because of all the excessive heat buildup. One way to avoid this problem is to perform a maintenance procedure that’s called a radiator flush. During this so-called “radiator flush”, the original coolant is filtered and then drained from the radiator and then replaced with a special coolant/detergent mixture and fresh water. As the flushing solution flows through your car’s cooling system, it also has the duty of dissolving and removing any solid-buildup that’s located inside the radiator’s channels.

After all this is done, the coolant/detergent is then drained and then it’s replaced with a standard mix of coolant and some water.

If you’re like me, then you’ll take your car to an auto mechanic to get all this done before you have to go to a junk yard and get a new Radiator. A lot of those “quick oil change” places will also offer some sort of radiator flush service as either an optional service or as part of a package of services. It can honestly take a few hours because your car’s existing coolant has to have enough time to cool down completely before it can be safely drained into an approved container. The mechanic that you go to will also have to run your engine with the coolant/detergent until it reaches its normal driving temperature. After this, they run the car’s heating system at its highest setting for a specific period of time.

When all of this nonsense is done, the coolant/detergent has to cool down before it can be drained and replaced with the typical mix of coolant and water.

When you go get a professional radiator flush - not just some random one from a junk yard - it can run you quite a bit of money, it all depends on where you get it done and what type of coolant you put in it. The main benefit of a Radiator flush is that your engine will run much smoother, cooler, and more efficiently. Different from an oil change, your typical radiator flush is not really based on mileage or yearly maintenance schedule.

It’s not really a hard thing to do, but it’s definitely something that you don’t want to do by yourself .. unless, of course, you’re a mechanic. If you’re an experienced home mechanic, then you should probably be able to do a flush in about a day; as long as he/she as the right receptacle for the old coolant and radiator flush solution, either a screwdriver or wrench to remove and replace the drain plug, a supply of clean water, new coolant/anti-freeze, and radiator flushing solution .. then they should be fine.

If you’re looking for the drain plug, you should be able to find it along the bottom of the radiator's front section. Depending on the type of radiator that you have installed, the plug may or may not require a screwdriver or wrench to remove.

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