Should I Flush my Radiator?

Posted 9/12/16

Should I Flush my Radiator?

Radiators. Like water in the well, we never think about them until there is a problem, usually in the dead of winter or the heatwave of summer. Do yourself a favor and pay attention to your radiator before it gives you trouble. Schedule your car in for an annual radiator flush. It can cost you anywhere from $35 to $100, but it can considerably lengthen the use you’ll get out of the radiator.

Radiator Flush vs. Radiator Drain

Keep in mind that a radiator flush is different than a radiator drain. A flush will guaranty that all of the antifreeze gets out of the system. Draining, on the other hand, only removes 50%, and most of the gunk left over is contaminants.

Flushing the radiator will remove rust and other deposits, lubricate the water pump, and protect against rust, according to Cars Direct.

Do it Yourself or Call a Professional

You can do it yourself. This handy video from Popular Mechanics will walk you through it. Or you can have it done as part of your regularly scheduled maintenance and save yourself an afternoon. Either way, make it part of your to-do list and save yourself a busted water pump, not to mention money.