Why and When You Should Get Your Radiator Flushed

car radiator on a car

Most people don’t think about their radiator until something’s wrong with it. And that’s a mistake. Radiator flushes are like dental cleanings and prostate exams for your car. They are a routine and critical procedure for your car’s health. If you aren’t getting your radiator flushed on a regular basis, you aren’t getting the best performance. It’s that simple. Moreover, you’ll end up paying more in car repair bills because your radiator won’t last as long as it should.

There is no hard and fast rule on when you should flush your radiator. The answer depends on a number of factors, including the quality of antifreeze you use, the climate you drive in, the air quality you live in, your driving habits, etc. While it is not as mandatory as getting new brakes every year, the occasional radiator flush will certainly extend the life of your vehicle.

That being said, we’d recommend getting your radiator flushed every 3 years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. If you’d like, we can work up a regularly scheduled maintenance plan and put a radiator flush on the docket. We’ll give you a call when it’s time to come in. We can also schedule similar car repairs such as brake jobs, annual inspections, and brake system flushes.

Simple Tools to Test the Radiator Yourself

Antifreeze becomes acidic overtime, which diminishes its ability to protect your engine in extreme temperatures. You can test the antifreeze yourself by purchasing a  pH level litmus test from your local auto mechanic. It’s simple to use. Insert a test strip into the radiator and match the color with the color guide on the box.

Most car manufacturers recommend flushing your radiator every other year, or 40,000 to 60,000 miles. It helps remove the acidic deposits, which will help your radiator do its job much more effectively and efficiently. It’s really not that big of an expense, especially when you compare it to the cost of replacing an engine. Like renewing your driver’s license, it’s a necessary to-do list item when it comes to owning a car.

Signs It’s time to Flush Your Radiator

If your engine has a hard time turning over on a cold morning, you might be due for a radiator flush. Likewise, if your car has difficulty starting in hot weather, it could be the contaminants in your radiator. Cincinnati is known for extreme temperature changes on both ends of the scale, especially in the face of climate change. That’s why it’s a good idea to make sure your radiator fluid is clean and performing beautifully in cold temperatures as well as hot.

Another sign of radiator trouble is if your coolant reservoir tends to fluctuate. Pay attention to the levels. Some change is expected, especially as the car reacts to different temperatures. If it often happens enough and extreme enough, you may be due for a radiator flush.

Full Service Car Repair for the Cincinnati Area

Serving Cincinnati for over 17 years, we are automotive experts offering complete vehicle repair. Our certified mechanics have over 60 years of combined experience. Though we specialize in European models, we’ll service any make or model, foreign or domestic. All of our work is certified and guaranteed.

We’ve founded this company on the trusted relationship we have with our customers. Our mechanics strive to exceed your expectations in every way. Our technicians will care for your vehicle like it was our own. Whether you need scheduled maintenance, a radiator flush, brake job, or a checkup, we can have your vehicle fixed up and back on the road fast, sometimes even by your lunch hour.

Many of our technicians own European vehicles themselves, so they understand the special care that’s required. We promise to deliver nothing short of unparalleled perfection when it comes to service to your vehicle. European Auto Specialists are glad to be part of the Cincinnati community. We consider our customers to be family and treat them as such.

Ready to Tackle Your Own Mechanical Work, Cincinnati?

Planning on doing your own car maintenance? Even if it goes well, count on an adventure. Always expect a repair you’ve never done before to take longer than you anticipate. Murphy’s Law was probably invented in a garage. There will be numerous trips to the auto parts store, plenty of consulting on the Internet, and more hand wringing, forehead slapping, and battered knuckles than you can count. Plan to have a backup vehicle in case the job doesn’t get done by Monday morning. That takes the pressure off. Remember, cool heads prevail with a little gumption, some elbow grease, and stubborn persistence.