Keeping your vehicle properly maintained is important. Part of this includes bringing your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. Coolant flushes are also needed in order to keep your vehicle operating efficiently as possible. If you are not sure when your vehicle needs to have the coolant flushed, you can check your owner’s manual or contact us.
You may notice some signs that the vehicle needs to have the coolant flushed. This can include if the temperature gauge fluctuates between normal and hot, coolant pooling under the vehicle, or grinding sounds coming from the engine area. You may also notice visible rust or scaling in the coolant, and also steam or an odor coming from under the hood.
Overheated engines are most often caused because of an issue with your car’s engine coolant, whose job is circulate through the engine and radiator to keep them cool. Antifreeze coolant passes through the engine block to absorb and transfer heat. Because an issue with your cooling system can cause damage or complete failure to your engine, it is recommended to bring the vehicle in to have the coolant flushed. By flushing the coolant, it removes corrosive contaminants from the cooling system that can cause gaskets and other components to fail or start to leak, causing untimely and expensive repairs.
A coolant flush is the process of adding a cleaner to the cooling system to eliminate sediment or rust. The system is then flushed thoroughly while new antifreeze and a conditioner to protect against corrosion are added. This helps to prolong the life of the cooling system and its components, such as radiators, heater cores, hoses, coolant pipes, water pumps and gaskets. Flushing the system is different from topping off the coolant because harmful contaminants are flushed out of the cooling system completely while new, clean fluid is added.
If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This will help ensure the vehicle is operating at top efficiency when you need to drive it.