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Need a Coolant Flush?

A coolant flush is a routine service that’s typically pretty affordable. The cost will vary, however, depending on the type of car you have.

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What is a Coolant Flush?

Let’s spell out the obvious: A coolant flush involves removing the old coolant from your cooling system and refilling the system with fresh product. The procedure is considered preventative maintenance. As such, it should be performed according to the manufacturer’s service schedule.

There are a couple of different ways a mechanic can flush your cooling system. The first involves flushing everything with a dedicated machine. Another method involves manually draining and refilling the cooling system.

Why should you have your car’s cooling system flushed on a regular basis? Well, if not serviced regularly, coolant breaks down, becomes corrosive, and eventually eats away at metal components throughout the engine and cooling system. The mixture of deteriorated coolant and metal debris eventually turns to gunk that can clog up the system, leading to overheating.

And that can cause big-time damage to both your engine and your wallet.

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Signs you need a Coolant Flush

Routine service

Don’t wait until your coolant is discolored and funky looking. Make sure to have your coolant flushed at the time and mileage recommended by the automaker.

Dirty-looking coolant

In some cases, if the coolant goes long enough without service, it will start to darken and become brownish in color. But you don’t want to let it get to that point. That’s why you should have your coolant flushed per the recommended service schedule.

Gunk build-up

If you’ve got gunk build-up in your radiator, your car is long overdue for a coolant flush. Deteriorated coolant becomes acidic and eats away at metal cooling system components. Eventually, the coolant/debris mixture turns into a brown sludge that can clog vital parts, leading to engine overheating.

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How urgent is a Coolant Flush?

Your car isn’t going to break down immediately if you’re a couple of days overdue for a coolant flush. But the service is something you need to have done on a routine basis to prevent damage to your car’s engine and cooling system.

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