A radiator flush is one of the most important maintenance processes that should be done periodically. Most of the experts recommend doing it and most people do it. As far as we know, it does not cause any problems. However, if you do it the wrong way, it could very well, kill your radiator and your engine, or simply reduce the lifespan of the engine.
So, what do you think could go wrong in this simple process? While most people assume the radiator flush to be a simple process, it is not that simple. Never overlook this process. There is a right way to do this process.
- Use the right type of radiator flush fluid
- Use the right amount of radiator flush fluid and the distilled water
- Do the radiator flush in the right way
Neglect any of the 3 things mentioned above and you could be killing your engine in the long run.
- Use the right type of radiator flush fluid –
Different engines are compatible with different radiator flush fluids, if you use the wrong flush fluid, it could boost the corrosion process within the engine and finally kill the engine and radiator. Therefore, first, read the user manual and check if the automobile manufacturer has recommended any specific type of radiator flush fluid or cleaner. If not purchase a fluid recommended specifically for your automobile.
- Use the right amount of fluid and distilled water –
The proportion of distilled water and radiator flush fluid is very important. If you simply pour both into the radiator without any proportion, then it might not clean the radiator or it might boost the corrosion. Therefore, always keep the right proportion. Remember, you cannot see the interior of the radiator and the engine, therefore, it is not possible to find out if there is any corrosion. So, do not try to experiment.
- Do the radiator flush in the right way –
There would be more than one way to do the radiator flush in the right way and there are wrong ways. Do it in the wrong way and you could be reducing the overall lifespan of the engine and the radiator. Remember, it is always better to follow a generally accepted way of doing radiator flush.
- Do not try to do a radiator flush while the engine and radiator are hot
- Do not try to mix anything else with the flush fluid and distilled water combination.
- Always wait till the entire fluid from the radiator is drained before filling in the new coolant.
- Before filling in the new coolant, flush the radiator with distilled water to get rid of mineral or leftovers from the tap water.
- Do not use hard water to flush the radiator.
- Do not allow the engine to heat too much with the radiator flush fluid and distilled water combination in the engine.
If you follow the instructions and facts mentioned above, there will be no problems if you radiator flush your automobile.