A car’s cooling system is not only for cooling the car and making sure it does not overheat, but it also makes sure that some heat stays inside the engine.
This is why it is not about completely dissipating heat, but instead maintaining a certain level of heat that keeps the car going. In the winter, the coolant’s job becomes even more critical, as it allows for the regulation of heat inside the engine in the freezing cold temperatures.
This is why you should take all the precautions and maintenance measures pertaining to the car’s coolant. The best thing to do involves getting the coolant checked out by the technician.
Should You be Flushing Your Car’s Coolant?
Some people believe that you not have to flush a car’s coolant, and simply topping it up with fresh coolant will be just as effective. However, this is far from the truth. A car’s coolant, like motor oil and any other fluid in your car are not immune to degradation and wear. After a certain period of time, each and every fluid inside a combustion engine will require replacement.
In the case of car’s coolants, what happens is that while it circulates around the engine and then to the radiator without being flushed out frequently, many small metal deposits become ingrained inside the coolant. These deposits include the rust particles and other contaminants.
Therefore, if you do not service them in time, all the broken down coolant causes engine wear and corrosion. A flush is therefore necessary as it removes all contaminants that have been building up inside the cooling system of your car.
If you let the contaminants accumulate, they settle at the bottom of the radiator and solidify, which lowers radiator capacity and leads to overheating. Flushing the coolant also helps clean out the cooling system with detergent and protective conditioning.
After flushing your coolant, it is important that you fill it with high quality coolant if you wish to protect it against damage, corrosion and also freezing in the winter. If you wish to choose water instead of a coolant, or a coolant that does not have anti-freeze properties, then you can expect the fluid to freeze in the winter.
As you can see, the cooling system is a very effective and though-out mechanism and it relies heavily on the coolant and the radiator. Thus, if you notice any changes in the texture of the coolant, and also any leaks in the radiator, then you should definitely consider going to the technician, especially in late fall, upon winter’s arrival.