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Why do I need a coolant flush?

This is what clean coolant looks like. Coolant is a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water.

Question: My owner’s manual shows that I’m due for a coolant flush at 90,000 miles. What does coolant do? And do I really need a coolant flush?  Answer: A coolant flush or cooling system flush is modern-day terminology for ridding your radiator of rust, dirt, sludge and old antifreeze or “radiator fluid.” The fluid is more accurately known as coolant, which is a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water. And yes, flushing the cooling system is an important part of your car’s preventive maintenance schedule. Why? Because coolant keeps your engine from overheating—which keeps you from sitting by the side … Continue reading

Why does the price of a coolant flush vary among repair shops?

Engine coolant radiator flush

Question: My car repair shop recently recommended a coolant flush. Their estimate seemed high, so I called a couple of other shops to compare prices. Every shop had a different price–by a wide margin. Why would the cost vary so much for a basic fluid flush?  Answer: Although a cooling system flush – a.k.a. radiator flush – is a straightforward car maintenance service, the cost often varies for two main reasons: How thorough is the flush? If the auto repair shop is only draining the dirty coolant* from the radiator, it takes less time than a flush. But it also … Continue reading

Cooling system flush prevents overheating, engine damage

Question: My owner’s manual suggests getting cooling system flushes performed on my car, but it’s running fine. Do I really need this done? Answer: Your engine cooling system helps keep your engine from overheating, which is one of the most common causes of breakdowns and internal engine damage. A cooling system flush is basic maintenance that every car owner should be aware of. Every time you drive, your radiator uses coolant to help lower the temperatures in your vehicle’s engine. Coolant, which is a 50-50 mix of water and antifreeze, flows through your car’s radiator, water pump and engine cooling … Continue reading