Why and When You Should Get Your Radiator Flushed

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.

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.

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.