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Why Does My Vehicle Need a Coolant Flush?

To ensure optimal performance of your vehicle, you should have the fluids regularly flushed as part of your routine maintenance. As a rule of thumb, you should have a coolant flush every 30,000 miles. The coolant plays a vital role in keeping the engine cool and prevents likely heat damage.

Benefits of Getting a Regular Coolant Flush:

• A coolant flush helps remove scale deposits and rust that might have accumulated over time. If left unchecked, these deposits may reduce the efficiency of the cooling system, damage it, and lead to overheating, even when there is adequate coolant.

• The new coolant brands have an antifreeze that helps lubricate the water pump, thereby extending its life. Regular change helps enhance the lubrication.

• The coolant has anti-rust properties that lower the accumulation of rust deposits in the cooling system. A car needs a new supply of coolant every while to prevent rust in the metallic parts. The reason is that the coolant loses these properties over time.

• During the coolant flush, you also get an inspection of the entire cooling system, including hoses, water pump, thermostat, and radiator. This helps prevent and fix problems before they cause significant damage to the system, thereby extending its life.

• With time, the coolant becomes acidic. The acid starts to break down aluminum components of the system, water pump, and rubber hoses. Flushing prevents possible high costs of replacing these parts.

Signs that the Coolant Requires Immediate Flushing:

Sweet Maple Syrup Smell

One of the most distinct signs that the coolant requires a flush is a car that smells like pancakes. The ethylene glycol in the antifreeze gives a sweet smell when burnt. This means the coolant is no longer effective.

High-Temperature Gauge and Overheating

The coolant keeps the vehicle temperature low. If the engine overheats frequently or the temperature gauge is always high, it may be time you got a coolant flush and a cooling system check.

You may also notice other signs such as noises in the engine and excessive vibration that accompany the two signs above.

For a thorough, professional cooling system service, bring your car to our auto shop today!

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