Does My Car Need a Coolant Flush?
We all know that our vehicles require regular maintenance to keep it running safely and reliably for a long time. Most people change their oil at some regular interval, which is one of the most important and cost effective things you can do to make sure your car doesn’t take an early trip to the scrap yard. Also high on that list is to change the transmission fluid at the factory recommended intervals, but many of us don’t think about replacing our vehicle’s coolant if the car isn’t leaking or overheating.
Is it really necessary to change your vehicle’s coolant? It’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance, so why do most automobile manufactures recommend replacing your vehicles coolant periodically? Can antifreeze really go bad or wear out?
To answer all these questions we will take a look at what antifreeze, or engine coolant, actually does. The internal combustion engine could also be called a heat engine because it uses heat to cause gases to expand and uses the engine’s pistons to gather mechanical work from these expanding gases. Due to the temperatures present in an internal combustion engine, there will always be left over heat after each cycle. This excess heat needs to be removed to keep your engine at a constant temperature where it is able to continue working. The more quickly this excess heat can be removed, the more efficient the engine will be. The original internal combustion engines were air cooled, but water cooled engines were designed to take advantage of this principle.
To flush your vehicles cooling system completely and easily, have a professional do a flush. A coolant flush is a small price to pay to know your vehicle’s cooling system is operating at its maximum efficiency and replacing your vehicle’s coolant after the flush will make sure your engine is protected from internal corrosion.