Every time you drive, your radiator uses up coolant and water mixture to help lower the temperatures in your vehicle’s engine system. The longer and the faster you drive, the bigger the stress on your engine, allowing temperatures to skyrocket to incredible heights leading to the increase of the likelihood of overheating. Because of the coolant’s crucial role in maintaining your engine’s efficiency, you need to keep your ride equipped with the right coolant mixture (pretty much the same way you’d pick out the right type of gas for your car).
The Importance of your Vehicle’s
Heating & Cooling System
The cooling system protects against damage by keeping the engine operating within the correct temperature range. More than one-tenth of inspected vehicles had low levels of coolant in the radiator and 16 percent had low coolant levels in their surge tank. One-fifth of the vehicles inspected needed a coolant flush, which is needed to protect the system from rust, dirt, and mineral deposits.
A coolant flush and fill is basic maintenance for your cooling system, and will help ensure maximum performance from your car's heating and cooling systems.
Since the heating system utilizes the same coolant that circulates throughout your engine, performing a coolant flush and fill will also prevent overheating -- the most common cause of breakdowns and internal engine damage.
Checking your auto’s cooling and heating systems is particularly crucial in the weeks preceding the subfreezing winter season and the sweltering heat of summer. But it’s more advisable that you check these systems every time you conduct a routine car check-up or you engage in basic vehicle maintenance.
Coolant, like all the other fluids used by your vehicle, has a tendency to break down over time. This is why you need to replace your coolant mixture once in a while. When the coolant breaks down, more stress is placed on your radiator and your engine begins to run hotter than normal. Gunk and mineral deposits also build up under your vehicle’s hood, effectively reducing your vehicle’s overall performance. Prolonged use of bad coolant can also result to radiator damage, requiring you to replace your radiator sooner than you actually have to.
How Often Should You Flush Your Cooling System?
The frequency required by your vehicle may depend on the type of auto you own and the weather conditions. If you live in an area that has moderate climates, then you can flush out your vehicle’s cooling system once a year. If, however, you live in an area known for its harsh winters and/or sizzling summers, then you may need to change your coolant mixture twice a year—at the start of summer and at the start of winter. Browse through your owner’s manual for more information on this matter.
Wallace Autos provides complete radiator fluid exchange services that includes the following items:
- inspect system and pressure test for leaks
- add flush chemicals to the radiator
- power flush system through flush machine
- refill system with proper amount of anti-freeze
- add sealant/lubricant to the system
The key radiator components which may be in need of replacement or repair include:
- radiator cap
- radiator hoses
- radiator fan/fan clutch
- water pump
- fan belts
- serpentine belt
- cooling sensor
- heater core
- heater hoses
- temperature sensor