You never want to find yourself broken down on the freeway with steam pouring from under the hood.
It's not just in summer that your car can over heat, your engine gives off heat, a lot of heat, and it’s the cooling system and radiator that does all the work to prevent 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.
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 best to have your cooling system reviewed by an expert.
If you're noticing these things in your car Come and See the Team at Memmott`s Automotive.
And we will give your radiator and cooling system a well deserved service. Our fully trained and experienced mechanics will flush your cooling system, using a fluid designed to clear out any build up. Once the cooling system is cleaned , the cleansing solution is removed and new coolant added, 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 - and it will last a lot longer.
Your engine will be more efficient and have an increased life expectancy.
Boost your vehicles 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 manufacturer's log book will outline how often to flush your radiator system, It is mostly suggested 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 current coolant, and the total km's driven can all have an effect on how often you should replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Memmott`s Automotive, you can request a full 65 point safety check 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 safety and performance of your vehicle.
What happens if I don’t get a radiator flush or service?
With Time rust and scale deposits collect and the whole system becomes blocked and less effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage components 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?
While you can certainly find plenty of advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we don’t recommend 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 sensible 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 expertly checked over 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 is also very sweet smelling which can be appealing to children and pets so proper storage is very important – letting an expert take care of this task means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of correctly, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.