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Can you flush your own radiator?

If your vehicle is regularly overheating, your dashboard constantly shows your car is running hotter than normal or you are leaving puddles of coolant where ever you park, it is probably best to have your cooling system reviewed by an expert.

While there are a lot of websites giving advice on how to flush a radiator yourself - we don't recommend it. Today's vehicles can be complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can disturb the sediment and actually cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator.

It's best to have your systems inspected regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed where required, before being refilled with coolant of the right specifications for your vehicle, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system professionally tested again to ensure there are no signs of leaks.

Radiator coolant is also quite toxic and needs to be handled very carefully. It smells sweet, which can be attractive to animals and small children so proper safe storage is very important - having a professional handle this task for you means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Coolant also needs to be disposed of safely to prevent harming the environment, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to ensure minimum impact on the environment.

An overheating car isn't just caused by Summer weather, your engine gets hot, really hot, and it's the radiator and cooling system that works hard to keep your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. Coolant is the means by which your cooling system performs this task whilst simultaneously preventing liquids from freezing and protecting the system from rust as well so it make sense t pay attention to it.

Given time rust and scale deposits build up and the whole system becomes congested and it becomes less effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage the important parts of your cooling system including your water pump, radiator, hoses and thermostat, reducing the life of those parts and leading to expensive repairs or replacements in the future.

Your log book provides an outline for how often your cooling system should be flushed. It is generally suggested that you have your system flushed every two years or 40,000 km's whichever comes first. However, your engine size, regional weather, the condition of your current coolant, and the amount of km's driven all affect how often you should replace the coolant in your radiator.

Call Blackwood Dyno Tune & Service now and ask for a FREE No Obligation Radiator / Engine Cooling System Assessment! Bookings are essential as our schedule tends to fill up fast.

And we can service your cooling system and flush your radiator. Our fully trained expert mechanics will perform a proper radiator flush, using a fluid designed to clear out any build up. When the cooling system is cleaned, the cleansing fluid is removed and fresh 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.

At Blackwood Dyno Tune & Service, 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 advised to maintain the safety and performance of your vehicle.

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