Monday, January 3, 2011

Automotive Radiator Flush Is A Simple Job

By Wayne Allen

With driving every day and a busy lifestyle it is easy to let the little things go a bit to long. When you are in heavy traffic and it is the worst possible time for an automotive problem that is when it is going to happen. There are a few simple automotive repairs that you can do to try to avoid problems.

A radiator flush is a very simple job that most people can do. A properly maintained cooling system is very important. It keeps the motor cool and it also helps the AC cooling system functioning correctly.

Before you begin make sure that you have the proper items for the job. The radiator flush solution and proper amount of coolant. The tools you will need are a rag, screwdriver, funnel and a receptacle for catching and storing the used coolant until it can be disposed of at a proper facility.

The first thing you need to be sure of is that the motor has had plenty of time to cool off. The last thing you want is to be burned by hot coolant. Once the radiator drain or the lower radiator hose has been removed from the radiator the fluid will drain. Take the radiator cap off to hasten the process.

Be sure that the receptacle is positioned to catch all the engine coolant. If the coolant spills over it can be messy and lead to more clean up time. Coolant can be toxic to animals and it has a sweet taste so they will drink it if you let them and it is not good for them. The answer is do not let them drink it.

When the coolant is finished draining replace the plug or the hose which ever you removed. Then add the bottle of radiator flush and fill with water. Put the cap back on the radiator and start the engine. Turn on the heater and let the engine run. The instructions usually call for 5-10 minutes. After the engine has run for the instructed time turn it off and let the engine cool down again.

After the engine is completely cool drain the flush and water into the receptacle again. Then fill the engine with the proper amount of coolant for your area. The coolant bottle should tell you what is recommended for your climate. Some severe climates call for a 50/50 mix of coolant and water. Do not use only antifreeze in your cooling system as it is very corrosive.

There are a few easy automotive repairs that you can do yourself. Just remember to always make sure the radiator and engine is completely cool. The excess fluid should always be stored in an approved container and discarded properly.

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