Cooling System Flush
Our ASE Certified technicians have a warning for customers neglecting their cooling systems.
“Most customers have some idea that antifreeze/coolant helps prevent the radiator and cooling system from freezing up or boiling over.”
“Few customers understand that coolant also contains special chemical additives to prevent serious damage from rust and corrosion. However, over time, the additives wear out. This depleted coolant becomes acidic and can actually corrode the metals in the cooling system. And here’s where your trouble often starts.”
- Overheating – Old, depleted coolant can’t do its job of helping your engine shed heat — and heat is enemy #1. That’s why you have a cooling system in the first place.
- Corrosion – More cooling system parts are now made with aluminum. In fact, the tubes in your radiator are only the thickness of a soda can top. Since aluminum is very vulnerable to corrosion, old, depleted coolant can allow pin holes to form in the tubes and lead to leakage an overheating.
- Clogging – When aluminum corrodes, the by-products of corrosion deposit in the radiator. The deposits clog the radiator and actually act like insulators so the system can’t cool as well. As the cooling system gets hotter, even more deposits form. Finally, the whole engine overheats.
- Leaks – As heat builds in a neglected cooling system, the coolant starts to boil more vigorously and can actually blast holes in your water pump or promote seal failure. The result is loss of coolant and ultimately vehicle breakdown.
We highly recommend flushing your cooling system at least every 30,000 miles in order to keep your engine protected from acidic coolant. Have the coolant’s freezing point and PH level tested each year as well.
Our staff will provide an Antifreeze/coolant test at no charge!