You can avoid being "that car" stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood.
Overheating car's arent just caused by hot weather, your engine gives off a lot of extreme heat and it’s the radiator along with the rest of the cooling system that keeps your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. A coolant fluid in the system also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from rust as well.
How Do I know I need a Radiator Service?
As well as an overheating car, a temperature gauge that’s reading hotter than normal or a car leaving puddles behind means it is best to have your cooling system checked over by a professional.
If your car is displaying these symptoms Come and See the Team at Echuca Service Centre.
And we will give your radiator and cooling system a well deserved service. Our fully trained team of experts will flush your cooling system, using a cleansing solution to remove build up. Once the cooling system is clean, the cleaner is drained and fresh new coolant is 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 be more efficient, reliable and live longer.
Your will increase your engines efficiency and life expectancy.
Overall performance and power in your vehicle will be boosted.
Lubricate and protect your water pump.
How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your log book will recomend intervals for when to service your cooling system, It is mostly recommended that you flush your radiator coolant every two years or 40,000 km’s whichever comes first. However, your engine type and size, local seasons, the quality of your current coolant, and the total distance driven can all affect the need to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Echuca Service Centre, we offer 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 advised to maintain the safety and performance of your vehicle.
What happens if I don’t get a radiator flush or service?
Over time rust and scale deposits accumulate and the whole system becomes blocked and it becomes less effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage the important parts 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?
While there are a lot of websites giving advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – it’s not something we would advise you to do. These days, vehicles are much more complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can cause any deposits to move around more and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's advisable to have your systems inspected regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the right type of coolant, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system professionally checked over 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 smells sweet which can be appealing to your kids and pets so proper storage is very important – having an expert take care of this job means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of correctly, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.