Michigan Radiator Flush Services

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For the average driver, car maintenance usually means little more than the occasional oil change and perhaps a tire rotation. Otherwise, not much thought is given to the vehicle unless something goes wrong. It’s often the case that a little extra maintenance, usually inexpensive, could have prevented the problem and saved a considerable amount of money. One such area is your automobile’s cooling system. This is an area where a little time and money spent on maintenance can save you a lot of money down the road and perhaps prevent you from being stranded with an overheated vehicle. Here’s a quick look at the cooling system.

  • Water pump – This is the heart of the system. It circulates fluid through the engine to keep it from overheating. This item requires no maintenance and should last for many years.
  • Radiator – The radiator is the large, flat-looking item if the front of the engine directly behind the front grill. This is the item that cools the fluid as it circulates through the cooling system and is where the focus of your maintenance should be.
  • Coolant – This is the liquid, often called “anti-freeze,” that circulates through the system and carries the heat away from the engine. Like engine oil, it needs to be changed periodically, though not as often.

Now let’s take a look at what can go wrong.

  • Old Coolant – The high engine heat causes the coolant to break down over time. When this happens it becomes less effective.
    • Loses ability to cool – As it breaks down, the coolant will develop a lower boiling point causing your car to overheat faster.
    • Freezes faster – If you live in a cold climate, the older coolant (antifreeze) loses its ability to avoid freezing.
    • Anti-corrosion – The materials the radiator and lines are made from are prone to corrosion. Coolant fluid prevents this, but becomes less effective over time.
  • As corrosion sets in and the coolant becomes dirty, the lines can become clogged preventing circulation and the system breaks down leading to overheating. To prevent fixing this, a radiator flush is needed.

Steps of the radiator flush:

  • Solvents – Your mechanic will drain the old fluid and fill the system with water. A powerful solvent is added to help break down the clogs and dissolve the corrosive particles.
  • Pressurized flush – Next the mechanic attaches a machine that pressurizes the system and circulates the fluid under high pressure, forcing the obstructions out. This is the key to a radiator flush and the reason why a professional is needed.
  • New coolant – Finally, fresh coolant is added and the system is tested for leaks.

If you notice that your vehicle is running hotter than normal, it’s probably time for a radiator flush. For prevention, it’s recommended that you have this service performed about every two years or 24,000 miles. So, for top-notch auto services, call either of of three locations.