Why an Engine Coolant Flush?
Your car’s radiator is tasked with keeping your engine and air conditioning condenser from getting too hot. Your engine actually has an onboard computer that constantly monitors the temperature of the engine, adjusting the fuel mix to keep things at the optimal temperature. If your radiator isn’t working at peak efficiency, your engine simply can’t, either. That’s why we here at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby Hills, OH, recommend having your coolant system flushed every two years.
When we perform a coolant power flush, we force fluid through your entire coolant system, removing particulates and debris. We use pressure testing to discover any leaks in the system, and then we refill it with coolant to keep your system at the optimal temperature through both the summer and winter months.
The coolant system in your car is one few people outside the auto repair industry understand, and we here at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair tend to get a lot of questions when it breaks down. So for your information, we will go over the coolant itself and the parts that comprise the coolant system.
The coolant in your car is a mix of water and antifreeze that helps keep your engine from overheating. To have your system running properly, you need two things: the proper amount of coolant in the system, and the right kind of coolant. Discrepancies with either can lead to an overheated engine and serious damage, so keeping up with this is very important.
Also, the coolant in the system must be fresh. Over time, the additives to the coolant break down, and old coolant can be corrosive to your engine parts. The owner’s manual in your glove box or the pros at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair can help you make sure your coolant is fresh, topped off, and appropriate for your vehicle.
Now we’ll move on to the components of the system itself. Like all mechanical parts, eventually, these pieces will wear out and require replacement.
The first part we will discuss is the radiator. When we see radiator problems, it is usually because of a clog or other malfunction. Depending on what is wrong, we can either clean or replace the radiator. We also see problems with the pressure cap, but this is an easy fix. Getting it replaced when you have your coolant flushed is the best way to avoid this.
The next part is the water pumps and hoses. These can break down over time and get leaky, affecting the performance of your engine. The thermostat can also malfunction, holding open or closed valves needed to regulate temperature erroneously.
Overheating can cause major engine damage, so if you suspect a problem with your coolant itself or the larger coolant system, the pros at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby Hills, OH, will be happy to take a look.