The radiator is one component of your car’s cooling system that is designed to combat the heat generated from the engine and prevent overheating. Without a regular radiator service, your engine can overheat without the proper temperature maintenance, leading to serious damages.
Why is a Regular Radiator Service Important for Your Vehicle?
Issues with your car’s cooling system, including the radiator, can cause engine damage or complete engine failure. As a result, we recommend adding a radiator service and coolant check to your vehicle’s routine maintenance schedule to prevent serious damages and highly expensive repairs.
Radiator Flush: The Most Common Radiator Service
Coolant passes through the cooling system to reduce heat generated by the engine, ending up at the radiator to release the heat before it starts its cycle over again.
A radiator flush involves flushing the cooling system thoroughly with a cleaner to remove the old coolant, sediment and rust, and adding new antifreeze coolant and conditioner to protect against corrosion. Rather than simply draining old coolant and adding more, which can leave contaminants and rust behind, a radiator flush forces the removal of any sediments that can pollute the coolant and potentially damage the cooling system.
Other benefits of a radiator flush include:
- Removal of rust and scaling on the radiator
- Lubrication and extension of the water pump’s lifespan
- Prevention of future leaks, corrosion, and foaming
How Often Should You Get a Radiator Flush Service?
This depends on your vehicle’s manual, but a general rule is to have your coolant serviced and flushed about every 30,000 miles or 3-5 years.
Additionally, the following signs can tell you if you need a radiator service:
- Overheating engine
- Coolant leaking underneath the car
- Grinding or knocking noises from the engine
- Visible sediments in the coolant
- Steam or weird smell coming from the hood
If you’ve experienced any of these signs, or your car is overdue for a check, schedule an appointment at FTS Auto Repair today for a thorough radiator service. We will perform a comprehensive radiator inspection, flush the system, add beneficial fluids, and check for leaks to ensure the entire system is functioning optimally top to bottom. All qualifying parts and repairs receive a 24,000-mile warranty.