How to properly maintain your Radiator

Your car’s radiator is one of the most important parts to keep your engine running at good temperature. Radiators don’t live forever – you need to put a little effort and maintain your vehicle’s radiator.

 

Dirty Car Radiator

Water won’t do

Your radiator is built to cool off heat from your car’s engine. Radiator maintenance is mostly about the fluids you use to run your radiator. Using water to run your radiator just won’t do – that’s why we have coolants available for us to use.

Water has a fixed amount of boiling point and freezing point. That’s given. Coolants are made to boil in extreme heat and it is designed to freeze at extremely low temperature as well. A mixture of 1:1 or 50/50 water-coolant solution can do the trick for your radiator’s long-term use.

Drain and replace

Why is draining your radiator important? Well oftentimes there’s rust and other minerals that could clog your radiator tubes. These can disrupt and consequently harm the function of your radiator as the cooling agent of your car’s engine.

Ideally, you should drain the fluids in your radiator every six months to keep it in optimum condition. But if you say you can’t afford it or there’s no time then at least once a year would do. Much like when you should go to the dentist twice a year – but you could barely commit to it when you’re too busy or you think it’s a waste of time. You might not feel the immediate consequence, but it doesn’t put your teeth to any better shape, does it?

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