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How often do you flush?

You really should have your radiator flushed regularly but if your dashboard shows your car is running hotter than normal, your vehicle is overheating or you are leaving puddles of coolant where ever you park it is probably time to have your cooling system inspected by a professional.

Your engine gives off a lot of extreme heat and it's the radiator along with the rest of the cooling system that does all the work to keep your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. There is special fluid called coolant in your system that also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from rust and corrosion as well.

If a cooling system is not flushed, rust and scale deposits begin to build up until the whole system becomes congested and it stops being as effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can also damage parts of your cooling system, including your water pump, radiator, hoses and thermostat, this can reduce the lifespan of those parts and leading to expensive repairs or replacements in the future.

Your log book will recommend how regularly to service your cooling system, it is generally advised that you flush your coolant system every two years or 40,000 km's depending on which comes first. However, your engine type and size, local seasons, the quality of your current coolant, and the total distance driven all affect how regular you have to replace the coolant in your radiator.

Topline Automotive Services can service your cooling system and flush your radiator. Our fully trained and experienced mechanics will properly flush your radiator, using a cleansing solution to remove build up. Once the cooling system is cleaned, the solution is emptied and the system filled with new coolant solution, your car's cooling system will be running like a dream: a radiator flush might be just what your car needs to bring it back to peak performance.

Your radiator will be more efficient, reliable and live longer. Your will increase your engines efficiency and life expectancy. Get a boost in your car's performance and power. Your water pump is further protected as it is better lubricated..

At Topline Automotive Services, you can request a full 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report for free as part of any minor, major or log book service on your vehicle. This includes inspecting the coolant and cooling system and the written report will tell you if we feel a radiator flush, coolant replacement or any repairs are necessary to maintain the performance of your vehicle.

Can i flush the radiator myself?

While you can certainly find plenty of advice on how to flush a radiator yourself - it's not something we would advise you to do. These days, vehicles are much more complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can stir up the deposits and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's best to have your systems examined regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the right type of coolant, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system expertly reviewed again to ensure full working order and to prevent any costly breakdowns in the future.

Radiator coolant is toxic and needs to be handled very carefully. It smells sweet which can be inviting to children and pets so proper storage is very important - letting a trained technician take care of this task means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of safely, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.

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