Your car relies on several hydraulic and coolant systems to keep running. These are closed systems, which allows the fluid to last a long while, but they can still break down over time. This means that your radiator may no longer conduct heat effectively, or that your power steering and/or transmission may become inoperable. These represent severe malfunctions that can damage your car – and even endanger the driver if the malfunction occurs on the road.
To prevent these malfunctions, Tim’s Auto II at Drew Mountain recommends regular system flushes. These include:
Pumping out old antifreeze helps make sure that heat doesn’t build up in your engine. It also removes rust and scale from the radiator lines and improves heat pump efficiency.
Dirty transmission fluid will ruin your clutch and grind your gears. A system flush involves pumping the old fluid out, rinsing the system with a cleaning fluid, and then replacing with new fluid.
Power Steering Flush
Your power steering system is what translates the input from your steering wheel into a force strong enough to steer your car. Clean fluid helps maintain the lifespan of this system, ensuring that you don’t have to replace the pump or rack.
Cooling System Flush
Do you know the difference between a radiator flush and a radiator draining? Flushing the radiator forces anti-freeze into the system which in turn forces out all of the old antifreeze guaranteeing your cooling system is contaminant-free and filled with clean antifreeze. Draining the radiator only removes about 50% of the dirty fluid so doesn’t result in a completely clean system.
Why Tim recommends a Cooling System Flush:
Brake System Fluid Flush
Brake system fluid can build up with dirt and contaminants over time. Your vehicle’s intervals for a brake system flush are set by the manufacturer but can vary based on brake usage and driving habits. Typically, systems should be flushed every 30,000 miles or 2 to 3 years but if you’re experiencing poor brake performance, bring your vehicle to Tim’s for a full brake inspection.