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4 Huge Benefits of Getting a Radiator Flush



Regular vehicle maintenance is essential if your goal is to prevent unwanted costly repairs and boost engine performance. Most drivers may be well aware that alignments and oil changes are mandatory for cars to run efficiently. Simultaneously, the radiator and coolant flushes may fly under the radar of one’s consciousness. Coolant or antifreeze regulates the water inside the radiator. It prevents this water from freezing over in cold temperatures and from boiling in hot temperatures. Coolant also works to provide an essential lubricant in the water pump and other significant components. Newer, modern-day vehicle’s typically have cooling systems that are designed to last up to 100,000 miles. However, depending on your driving habits, you may find yourself needing more maintenance than expected. During a radiator flush, a technician pumps up to 5 gallons of antifreeze through the cooling system. During the service, all of the old antifreeze is flushed out, including any contaminants built up over time. New antifreeze is later added to the clean system increasing its effectiveness. Radiator flushes offer several advantages, below are four major benefits. 

It removes all scale build-up and contaminants.
The more miles you put on your vehicle, the more you can expect it to wear. Contaminants within the cooling system to create scale and rust deposits. Deposits can prevent the coolant from adequately flowing, resulting in overheating that can damage the engine and radiator. 

It lubricates the water pump.
Antifreeze has critical additives that keep the water pump lubricated. Lubrications allow the water pump to work efficiently; the result is an extended lifespan and reduces the risk of damage.

It protects against future rust formation.
Not only do additives within antifreeze lubricate the water pump, but they also prevent rust and foam. Old coolant loses these properties over time; this makes it critical to have it flushed out and replaced. 

It opens the opportunity to inspect the cooling system. 
During a radiator flush, an ASE certified technician will give a comprehensive inspection of your cooling system. The inspection will include several pressure tests to check for holes and leaks within the system. This will keep you in the loop with detailed information on how the cooling system functions and what you may need in the future. 

Radiator flush and vehicle repair in Longview, WA

At Longview Auto, we care for your vehicle as if it was our own and pride ourselves on delivering personable customer service. It’s tempting to skip cooling system maintenance, but the benefits greatly exceed the cost when it comes to radiator flushes. Your vehicle is a considerable investment, and preventative maintenance helps extend its life. If your engine is emitting smoke, the coolant is leaking, or the temperature suddenly skyrockets, don’t hesitate to reach out. We have trained service advisors and ASE certified master technicians available to help. 

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