When was the last time you had your vehicle’s coolant flushed and replaced? The main purpose of coolant, also known as antifreeze, is to maintain the correct working temperature of engine components to prevent them from overheating or freezing. Without coolant, your engine would reach temperatures beyond its tolerance levels and seize, resulting in expensive damage.
A coolant flush, also called radiator flush, is the process of adding cleaner to the cooling system to eliminate sediment or rust, while also adding new antifreeze to protect the system against corrosion. This process should generally take place every 30,000 miles or five years, whichever comes first, or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. When the time of your vehicle’s next coolant flush arrives, trust this work to be done by our highly trained professionals at Colonial Toyota in Milford, CT.
Several signs may indicate that it is a good idea to get a radiator flush right away. The most common indicator is an overheated engine, which often means that there is either a leak in your coolant system or that the coolant is contaminated in some way. Other signs that indicate an immediate radiator flush is necessary includes coolant leaking underneath your car, a grinding or knocking sound coming from the engine, visible debris in the coolant liquid, and steam or odd smell coming from under the hood.
If you have noticed any of the symptoms mentioned above occurring on your car, or it’s been more than 30,000 miles since your last coolant flush, be sure to bring your vehicle to a trusted mechanic. Visit the Colonial Toyota Service Department and let our experienced technicians provide quality and conscientious service on your vehicle. In addition to radiator flush, we also offer a number of other services, including oil and filter changes, brake repairs, battery replacements, wheel alignments, tire rotations, and more. You can schedule a service appointment by filling out our easy online form or by calling (203) 403-2640.