When you get in your car and turn the ignition, the engine fires up and the car instantly begins producing heat. It continues to produce high levels of heat as you drive. The job of the car’s radiator is to cool the engine so that it doesn’t overheat. It does this by transferring heat through the process of thermal heat exchange. If a vehicle has a larger engine; for instance, a truck, then a larger radiator would be needed to withstand the extra power and heat production. Generally, radiators are manufactured with aluminum. This is because it is durable, lightweight, and disperses heat evenly, more so than other metals.
It is important to have a general understanding about radiators in cars, trucks, and any other type of vehicle you intend on working with. DIY car maintenance can be risky if you do not know what you are doing. If you have a good comprehension on cars and regular maintenance, then read on to learn tips and advice on proper ways to flush a car’s radiator. If not, then call a professional auto repair company that can instruct you with the right information for radiator repair and service.
Considerations When Flushing Your Car’s Radiator:
It is crucial to clean out your radiator routinely. Solid deposits can build up inside the radiator causing the entire system to function irregularly. This can lead to your car overheating or more serious damages. A clean radiator stays much cooler as well. Luckily, radiator flushing doesn’t cost much and is pretty easy to do as long as you are familiar with DIY car maintenance!
First, be sure you have all the necessary equipment and products to get the job done correctly and safely. These items would typically include a funnel, a cloth rag, coolant, flush solution, a bucket or coolant catcher, and a Phillips screw driver.
Never start a radiator job on a hot car or engine. Let the system cool down entirely. This could take up to two or three hours depending on how long the car was driven prior. Spilling hot coolant on you can be very dangerous, and lead to second, and possibly third, degree burns.
Avoid leaving coolant exposed and out in the open. Pets, animals, and even children can be harmed by ingesting the fluid. You see, coolant has a sweet smell and taste, which can attract these types of victims. Always be responsible with coolant disposal as well.