Is it Time to Schedule Your Car a Radiator Flush?

Is it Time to Schedule Your Car a Radiator Flush?

Technician Performing Coolant Flush

Anti-freeze, otherwise known as coolant, is the engine’s temperature-regulator. If you’ve ever had your engine overheat, you know how important it is to have the right amount of coolant. Think of your engine as producing a series of tiny explosions. The coolant is the fluid that keeps those explosions burning at the right temperature. The coolant keeps the engine warm in a brutal winter and cool during a blazing summer.

Why a regularly-scheduled radiator flush (or coolant flush) is important

Cooling system failure is considered the leading cause of highway breakdowns. At Christian Brothers Automotive in Springfield, we take coolant seriously. Like every fluid, coolant breaks down and fills with contaminants. This weakens the engine’s performance. If the fluid levels are too low, you could face serious engine problems such as a damaged radiator or blown gasket.

How often to get a coolant flush

Some coolants last longer than others, but every car owner should schedule regular coolant flushes. A general guideline is to flush the anti-freeze once a year. This removes any rust or scale deposits and keeps coolant from becoming acidic. Acidic anti-freeze eventually wears down the very parts the cooling system intends to protect.

Benefits of a coolant flush

  1. Old anti-freeze eventually loses its anti-corrosive properties, which allows for debris to build up in the cooling system. A coolant flush removes these rust and scale deposits. It’s important to get rid of contaminants because they can cause overheating and damage your entire cooling system.
  2. Fresh coolant contains additives which lubricate and can extend the life of your cooling system. These additives also help prevent rust from building up, which allows the cooling system to operate more efficiently.
  3. Bring your car into Christian Brothers Automotive in Springfield for a coolant flush and we’ll offer a free courtesy inspection. During this comprehensive evaluation, we check the entire cooling system – including the thermostat, radiator, water pump, hoses and belts.
  4. A coolant flush prevents the old anti-freeze from becoming acidic. Once coolant becomes acidic, it starts to eat away at the water pump, rubber hoses and aluminum components of the engine.

Check the owner’s manual to see if it’s time for a coolant flush. If it’s been more than a year since your last coolant flush, call Christian Brothers Automotive in Springfield, Missouri to schedule a flush today.