Don't be "that car" stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood.
It's not just in summer that your car can over heat, your engine gets hot, really hot, and it’s the radiator and cooling system that works hard to prevent 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 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 time to have your cooling system inspected.
If your vehicle is showing these symptoms Come and See the Team at Athena Automatics.
And we can perform a well deserved service on your radiator and cooling system. Our fully trained team of experts will properly flush your radiator, using a solution which is designed to remove any build up. When the cooling system has been cleaned out , the cleansing fluid is removed and coolent replaced, 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 be more efficient and have an increased life expectancy.
Boost your car's performance and power.
Lubricate and protect your water pump. .
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How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your manufacturer's log book will recommend how often to flush your radiator system, It is usually suggested that you have your system flushed every two years or 40,000 km’s whichever comes first. However, the size of your engine, regional weather, the condition of your existing coolant, and the total km's driven can all have an effect on how regular you'll need to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Athena Automatics, we offer a full 65 point safety check 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 postpone a radiator flush?
Given time rust and scale deposits collect and the whole system becomes choked and not as good 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, affecting the lifespan of those parts and leading to expensive repairs or replacements in the future.
Can I flush the Radiator myself?
While you can certainly find plenty of advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – it’s not something we would advise you to do. Today's vehicles are complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can disturb the sediment and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's advisable to have your systems checked 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 smells sweet which can be enticing to both children and pets so proper storage is very important –having a trained technician take care of this job means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of in the proper manner, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.
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