Radiator Coolant Service | Huntington Beach
How Often Should I get a Coolant Flush?
When your vehicle is completely cold, try removing the radiator cap and checking your coolant level and condition. Unless you’ve recently had a cooling system flush, you most likely won’t find bright, clean coolant. You’re more likely to find particles floating in your coolant along with a brownish tint. In this article, we’ll talk about where that tint comes from, why it’s important to flush your coolant and how often to perform the flush.
The cooling system in your vehicle is made up of a few basic components. First, the purpose of your cooling system is to keep your engine cool, so the main part of your cooling system is the water jacket. The water jacket is a space around your engine block and cylinder head surrounding the cylinders and combustion chambers. The coolant flowing through your water jacket pulls heat out of your engine and transfers it to the atmosphere. This transfer happens at your vehicle’s radiator which is mounted at the front of your car to take advantage of airflow as you drive. A water pump is attached to your engine and most often driven by a belt. The water pump is what moves the coolant from your engine to your radiator so the heat can be transferred out.