No-one wants to be "that car" broken down on the freeway with steam pouring from under the hood.
Overheating car's arent just caused by hot weather, your engine produces dangerous levels of heat and it’s the cooling system and radiator that does all the work to prevent 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 corrosion as well.
How Do I know I need a Radiator Service?
Is your car running hotter than normal ? Is Your Car Overheating? Does your car leave puddles where your park? Then it is best to have your cooling system reviewed by an expert.
If your vehicle is showing these symptoms come and see the Team at Westside Mechanical.
And we can service your cooling system and flush your radiator. Our expert technicians will perform a radiator flush, using a solution to clean all channels of build up. When the cooling system is clean, the cleansing fluid is removed 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 run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Your engine will run more efficiently and have an increased life expectancy.
Boost the performance and power of your engine
Lubricate and protect your water pump.
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How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your car's log book will recomend how often to flush your radiator system, It is usually advisable that you flush your coolant system every two years or 40,000 km’s depending on which comes first. However, your engine size, regional weather, the condition of your existing coolant, and the amount of km's driven can all change how often you need to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Westside Mechanical, 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 inspecting the coolant and cooling system and the written report will tell you if we feel a radiator flush, coolant replacement or any repairs are necessary to maintain the safety and performance of your vehicle.
What happens if I postpone a radiator flush?
Eventually rust and scale deposits build up and the whole system becomes congested and not as good at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage parts of your cooling system including your water pump, radiator, hoses and thermostat, reducing the life of those parts and leading to expensive repairs or replacements in the future.
Can I flush the Radiator myself?
While there are many websites and how to's offering advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we don’t recommend it. These days, vehicles are much more complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can stir up even more sediment and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's sensible 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 tested 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 attractive for children and some pets so proper storage is very important – letting a professional take care of this task means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of in the correct way, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.