You never want to find yourself stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood.
Hot weather isn't the only reason your car can overheat, your engine produces a lot of extreme heat and it’s the radiator along with the rest of the cooling system that exists to keep your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. A coolant fluid in the system 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?
Do you notice puddles under your car ? Does your temp gauge read hotter than normal ? Is your car overheating? Then it is time to have your cooling system checked out.
If your car is displaying these symptoms come and see the Team at Petrie Mechanical Repairs.
And we can service your cooling system and flush your radiator. Our fully trained and experienced mechanics will perform a radiator flush, using a solution which is designed to remove any build up. When the cooling system has been cleaned out, the solution is removed and fresh coolant is 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 run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Your will increase your engines efficiency and life expectancy.
Engine performance and power will be boosted.
The water pump will last longer due to better protection and lubrication..
How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your car's log book will outline how often your radiator system should be flushed, It is commonly suggested that you flush your radiator coolant every two years or 40,000 km’s whichever comes first. However, your engine type and size, regional weather, the age of your existing coolant, and the total distance driven can all affect the need to replace the coolant in your radiator.At Petrie Mechanical Repairs, 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 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?
Over time rust and scale deposits collect and the whole system becomes congested and not as good 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 giving advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we don’t recommend it. 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 particles and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's sensible to have your systems examined regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the right type of coolant, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system expertly reviewed 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 enticing to both children and pets so proper storage is very important – letting 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 correctly, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.