Everybody knows that you are supposed to change your oil about once every 3 months or every 3,000 miles. That is pretty common knowledge. So is rotating your tires. But did you know that it is also important to flush your radiator every once in a while too, if you want to keep your car running at its finest.
Of course, flushing your radiator is a little more complex than just adding coolant/antifreeze. However, if you do get a radiator flush, as recommended in your user’s manual, here are the benefits you will appreciate:
BENEFIT #1: A Cleaner Engine
When you flush your radiator it helps to remove various contaminants and deposits. These build up over time as a result of dust, dirt, and other debris that do not filter out, evaporate, or otherwise remove themselves from the radiator. Antifreeze/coolants are made from chemicals, of course, so they also have additives that help them work better, but these additives can lose their protective, anti-corrosive properties over time. These also build up in your system, requiring you to flush them out every once in a while. However, when you do, it means that whatever else passes through the engine—fuel, oil, coolant—remains unobstructed.
BENEFIT #2: It Lubricates the Water Pump
Obviously, radiator coolant is designed to keep the system cool. And in order for this process to operate properly, you need an effective water pump; and in order for your water pump to work at its best, it needs to be lubricated. When water is moving smoothly, it improves your engine’s efficiency and performance as well as extends the life of your engine.
BENEFIT #3: Healthy Additives
When you flush out the bad—old–additives left behind from old antifreeze or from a long-running system, it allows you to put healthy—new–additives back in. These additives, again, are designed to reduce corrosion and improve your engine’s longevity.
BENEFIT #4: Engine Pressure Tests
When you check and change your radiator fluid, it is also the perfect time to conduct pressure tests that might expose any leaks in the system. If you hire a Cross Drilled rotors mechanic, of course, they will do all of this for you.