A radiator flush is something that you can do yourself if you are a relatively handy person. Doing a radiator flush regularly can help you to avoid a more serious radiator problem. Here are some tips to help you learn how to do a radiator flush yourself.
Your car's radiator needs to be flushed occasionally to allow for you to change your coolant. This needs to be done because your radiator can get clogged and destroy your car.
The first thing you should do when flushing your radiator is to drain the old coolant from the radiator. Make sure that your engine is cool before you attempt to do this. You do not want to get burned by hot coolant; it is very painful.
To drain the old coolant from your radiator, unscrew your radiator's drain plug. This may be in several places, so it's a good idea to check your owner's manual before you start. Allow the coolant to drain into an appropriate receptacle. Check to see how your town or city disposes of a toxic substance such as coolant; do not just throw it away. Coolant can be deadly to children and animals, and the taste is surprisingly not bad enough to deter either group from drinking it.
Now that you have drained all of the coolant from your radiator, replace the radiator drain plug. Now remove the radiator cap and pour in the radiator flush solution. Top it off using water. Replace the radiator cap and turn your car on, letting it run for awhile. You want the car to be warm, as though you were actually driving it.
Pour in the radiator flush solution. Top it off using water. Replace the radiator cap and turn your car on, letting it run for awhile. You want the car to be warm, as though you were actually driving it. Then turn your heat all the way on, leaving the car on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Next you can turn your car off and allow the engine to cool. It is essential that you not continue until your engine is cool, as you could get burned.
Once your car is cool, open the radiator drain plug again and empty the radiator flush solution and water. Again, make sure you dispose of the liquid properly. Now you can refill your radiator with coolant.
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