You can avoid being "that car" stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood.
Overheating vehicle's arent just caused by Summer weather, your engine gives off heat, a lot of heat, and it’s the radiator and cooling system that stops your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. There is special fluid called coolant in your system that also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from rust and corrosion as well.
Signs you need a Radiator flush or Cooling system service:
Do you notice puddles under your car? Does your temp gauge read hotter than normal? Is your car overheating? Then it is best to have your cooling sytem checked out.
If you see these signs in your vehicle Come and See the Team at Eastside Automotive.
And we can perform a well deserved service on your radiator and cooling system. Our qualified mechanics will flush your cooling system, using a solution that removes build up. Once the cooling system is clean, the solution is emptied and fresh coolant added, your car's cooling system will be running like a dream: a radiator flush might be just what your car needs to bring it back to peak performance.
What are the benefits of a Radiator Flush.
Your radiator will run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Your engine will run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Overall performance and power in your vehicle will be boosted.
Your water pump is further protected as it is better lubricated..
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How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your car's log book will recomend intervals for when your radiator should be flushed, It is generally suggested that you have your system flushed every two years or 40,000 km’s whichever comes first. However, your engine size, regional weather, the condition of your existing coolant, and the amount of km's driven all affect how often you should replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Eastside Automotive, you can request a full 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report for free as part of any minor, major or log book service on your vehicle. This includes checking the coolant in your system and the written report will tell you if we feel a radiator flush, coolant replacement or any repairs are recommended to maintain the safety and performance of your vehicle.
If I don’t get a radiator flush - what happens?
Given time rust and scale deposits build up and the whole system becomes congested and it becomes less effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage components of your cooling system including your water pump, radiator, hoses and thermostat, this can reduce the lifespan of those parts and leading to expensive repairs or replacements in the future.
Can I flush the Radiator myself?
Websites and How-To's are around offering advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – Its not something we recommend. Modern vehicles can be complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can push more debris around and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's sensible to have your systems examined regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the recommended coolant type, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system checked by a professional again to ensure full working order and to prevent any costly breakdowns in the future.
Radiator coolant is toxic and needs to be handled very carefully. It is also very sweet smelling which can be attractive for children and some pets so proper storage is very important – having an expert do this job for you means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of in a safe way, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.