Most automotive manufacturers recommend that you flush your cooling system on regular intervals so that you can optimize your engines performance. Flushing and filling your antifreeze is fortunately an easy and accessible process. With the winter season ahead, it will benefit you to flush your cooling system in the late fall. Then, replace your coolant with a new one that is more resilient to the sudden drop in temperature.
Things to Consider
To find the right coolant capacity for your vehicle, you can look into the manufacturer’s manual for your vehicle. It is important that you always adhere to the limit that the manufacturer sets for your vehicle. Another precaution is to drain the anti-freeze safely as it is very poisonous.
Use Distilled Water
Tap water contains many minerals and other additives that can contribute to plenty of rust and corrosion inside your car’s cooling system. On the other hand, distilled water does not have any minerals, therefore, it is the best way to ensure that you have the purest fluids circulating in the cooling system inside your car’s engine.
Distilled water is easily accessible at your local grocery stores, and it is also inexpensive. Nonetheless, when you are flushing your system you can tap water, as long as you are using it for rinsing purpose. Furthermore, when purchasing the anti-freeze, you will have a choice to either buy a pre-mix or a hundred percent anti-freeze liquid.
A pre-mix solution is one that is anti-freeze which is already diluted with distilled water, while the latter is completely an anti-freeze fluid that you will have to manually dilute before application. If you happen to live in a region with extreme temperatures, it is better that you manually dilute the anti-freeze according to the demands of your environment.
With the dangers of temperature decrease, it will be beneficial for you to have a coolant that is less diluted than the pre-mix solution so that it has resilient properties even in conditions below zero. Any instance in which the coolant freezes inside the radiator can lead to internal engine damage, and can potentially leave you stranded in the middle of the road.
Inspect Cooling System
Before you start draining out the engine, make sure to cool the engine down if it is still hot. This prevents you from any injuries or burns. After that, make sure that your cooling system is free from any leaks, dry rots, or cracks. If you find that your car’s condition is not up to good standards, then flushing it will not make any difference in terms of heat control. Therefore, make sure that you have well functioning components, such as radiator and tubes. This will ensure that you coolant does its job perfectly.