No-one wants to be "that car" stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood.
If your car is overheating you can't just blame the weather, your engine radiates a lot of extreme heat and it’s the radiator along with the rest of the cooling system that prevents your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. A fluid called coolant in the system also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from rust as well.
Do I need a Radiator Flush or Cooling System Service?
If your dashboard shows your car is running hotter than normal, your vehicle is overheating or you are leaving puddles of coolant where ever you park it is best to have your cooling sytem checked out.
If your car is displaying these symptoms Come and See the Team at LeFevre Auto Repairs.
And we can perform a well deserved service on your radiator and cooling system. Our fully trained and experienced mechanics will properly flush your radiator, using a solution which is designed to remove any build up. After the cooling system is flushed through, the cleansing fluid is removed and new 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 be more efficient - and it will last a lot longer.
Your will increase your engines efficiency and life expectancy.
Boost your vehicles performance and power.
Lubricate and protect your water pump.
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 advisable 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 age of your current coolant, and the total distance driven can all affect the need to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At LeFevre Auto Repairs, 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 level and condition of 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?
Over time rust and scale deposits collect and the whole system becomes jammed up and not so effective 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, 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 many websites and how to's giving advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we advise against it. These days, vehicles are much more 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 wise 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 reviewed by an expert 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 children and pets so proper storage is very important – letting a trained technician do this job for you 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.