The radiator is one of the most overlooked parts of an automobile, most users and owners neglect a radiator and end up regretting it. While the radiator is a simple part of an automobile, it needed to be flushed when required. How to find out when to flush a radiator? What are the signs? Two questions arise while considering the radiator.
To answer these questions and to understand the signs, you will first need to understand what a radiator flush does, and why it is important. The answers to this question will give you a basic idea of the process.
Radiator coolant is one of the most important things in the radiator, a radiator without the coolant is just a piece of good for nothing equipment. Most people know the importance of radiator coolant and what its purpose is, however, over time coolants could build up unwanted contaminants and collect a lot of debris. This reduces the efficiency of the coolant and this coolant could boost the radiator corrosion, scaling, and eventually block the entire radiator fluid system.
A coolant flush could simply remove all the coolant along with some of the debris and contaminants; however, it would leave behind a large part of the debris, contaminants, and scaling. This debris and contaminants will again mix with the coolant and cause more harm. This is where a full flush is required, which removes 99% dust, contaminants, and dirt from the radiator.
Flushing the radiator and coolant flushing are two different things, while coolant flushing refers to draining the coolant to remove coolant and contaminants in it. However, a radiator flush is more efficient, it removes almost 99% unwanted particles, debris, and contaminants from the radiator system. Radiator flushing is a forced cleaning process.
Now, you know the importance and why radiator flushing is important. Here is are the common signs to look out for that would suggest a radiator cleaning is required.
- Overheating of the engine – coolant in the radiator serves the purpose of cooling the engine. If the coolant is inefficient, the engine would be too hot and it will not cool. This could kill the engine in less time.
- Coolant leakage – Inefficient coolant could lead to radiator corrosion, if you find coolant fluid from leaking from the radiator, it means your radiator requires flush.
- If you find the coolant fluid level not decreasing after long-time use, then it could mean that your radiator is blocked or the coolant is not circulating. This means your radiator needs a flush.
- Visible debris or contaminants in the coolant – You should check the coolant fluid at regular intervals. If you find debris or contaminants in the coolant fluid, then it means you need to do a radiator flush.
- Burning smell from the engine – the burning smell from the engine could be due to several reasons, it could be something burning. However, commonly, it could be due to the overheating of the engine. Such a situation requires a radiator flush.
It is very important to take care of the radiator and never overlook it. If you find any of the signs mentioned above, consider doing a radiator flush to increase the lifespan of the automobile and radiator.