Why a regularly-scheduled coolant flush (or radiator flush) is important
Cooling system failure is cited as the leading cause of highway breakdowns. At Christian Brothers Clermont, we take coolant seriously. Like every fluid, coolant breaks down and fills with debris. This weakens the engine’s performance. If the fluid levels become low, you could be facing serious engine problems such as a blown gasket or a damaged radiator.
How often to get a coolant flush
Some coolants last longer than others, but every vehicle should perform regular coolant flushes. A general rule of thumb is to flush the cooling system once a year. This removes any rust or scale deposits and keeps anti-freeze from becoming acidic. Acidic anti-freeze eventually wears down the very parts coolant was designed to protect.
Benefits of a radiator flush
- Over time, the old anti-freeze loses its anti-corrosive properties, which allows for contaminants to build up in the cooling system. A coolant flush removes these rust and scale deposits. It’s important to get rid of these deposits because they can cause overheating and damage your entire cooling system.
- Fresh anti-freeze contains additives that lubricate your car’s water pump, which can help extend the life of your entire cooling system. These additives also help prevent rust from building up, which allows the cooling system to operate more efficiently.
- When you bring your car into Christian Brothers Automotive in Clermont for a coolant flush, we offer a free courtesy inspection. During this comprehensive evaluation, we check the entire cooling system – including the thermostat, radiator, water pump and all hoses and belts.
- Getting a coolant flush will prevent the old anti-freeze from becoming acidic. Once coolant becomes acidic, it starts to eat away at the water pump, the rubber hoses and the aluminum components of the engine.
Check your owner’s manual to see if it’s time for your vehicle to receive a coolant flush. If it’s been over a year since your last coolant flush, call Christian Brothers Automotive in Clermont, Florida today. Schedule a coolant flush and notice the nice difference!