There is perhaps nothing more visually cliche than a broken down car on a highway with steam rising from under the hood. But this image exists in pop-culture for a reason.
An engine by its nature produces a lot of intense heat and the radiator and cooling system allows for this heat to be managed and dispersed to avoid damage to the car and its components.
Coolant fluid is a critical aspect of any radiator system as it facilitates the dispersion of heat while limiting the freezing of liquids and protecting the system from corrosion and rust. When this fluid reaches its end of life the performance of the car’s cooling system will become degraded.
How do I know if my radiator needs to be flushed or serviced?
The 3 most common indicators that your car may need to be inspected include:
- Car overheating
- Higher than normal temperature gauge readings
- Puddles under your car
If you have noticed any of these indicators then get in touch with South East Car Care in Sorell. Our fully trained mechanics will be able to inspect your car’s radiator and cooling system, and either repair or service it. This typically involves simply using a cleaning solution to clear the cooling system of any buildup and then replacing the coolant with a high-quality coolant.
Once serviced, your car should return to a high standard of cooling performance, and will continue to perform to a high standard for up to 2 years.
What are the added benefits to servicing my radiator?
Beyond a more efficient and longer life cooling system, your engine will be more efficient and potentially powerful, and in turn will enjoy an extended life expectancy. Finally, your water pump will be better lubricated and protected against unnecessary fatigue.
How frequently should I get my car’s coolant system serviced and flushed?
Every car is different so its best to either check your car’s logbook or give us a call. However, generally, a cooling system should be inspected and flushed every 2 years or every 40,000 KM’s depending on which one occurs. Other factors such as environment, engine size, and age of the car should also be considered