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How Often Your Radiator Needs to Be Flushed

Flushing your radiator is a way of cleaning one of the most crucial components of your car's cooling system. The process removes rust, dirt, and other particulates that contaminate the mix of coolant and water inside. This prevents your radiator from working efficiently.

Why is Flushing The Radiator Necessary?

Flushing the radiator is the same as scaling it and rinsing it. Flushing the radiator also clears and lubricates the water pump, so that it works more efficiently to circulate cool water and air through your entire vehicle.

During a radiator flush, new antifreeze replaces old antifreeze and old metal deposits and dirt are dissolved, scrubbed away and removed. If old antifreeze and particulates are allowed to build up, your radiator's tank and pipes could heat up. This affects other parts of your car such as the brakes, heating and air-conditioning and the engine.

An overheated radiator can cause your car engine to also overheat with all kinds of expensive or even dire consequences, the very worst of which is engine detonation. An overheated radiator can also lead to the degradation of rubber seals, gaskets and radiator hoses as well as damage the pistons and crack the engine block.

How Often Should You Flush Your Radiator?

The user manual that came with your will usually provide instructions about how often your particular vehicle model should be flushed. Many vehicle models recommend doing this every 10,000 miles, but if it has been more than five years, then you definitely need to have the radiator tank and pipes flushed and replaced with new coolant.

If it has been much too long since you have thought about your radiator maintenance, we invite you to bring it to Scruggs Automotive for a radiator flush today!


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