A few easy steps to flush your automobiles radiator and coolant

By: Jason Miller

One of the most overlooked maintenance items on your car is thecoolant system. Most people don't even think about it until theyare on the side of the road with the hood up and steam pouringout of the radiator. This traffic nightmare can be avoided bysome simple routine maintenance. Your coolant system should beflushed every two years and the anti freeze replaced as well.The chemicals in anti freeze begin to lose their effectivenessand rust and grime can build up in your engine and radiator.This will clog up your engine's cooling system and cause yourengine to overheat. The good news is very little mechanicalskills are needed to flush your system and keep your car runningfor the years to come. Just follow these simple steps:

1.First of all make sure your car engine has not been runningand it is cool. This is very important. A radiator can get veryhot and possibly burn you. With the engine cool, open theradiator cap and relieve any pressure. 2.Next locate the drainvalve on the radiator to drain it. It should be located on thebottom of the radiator. Be sure to drain the fluid into acontainer and not the ground. Once you have drained it, closethe drain valve. 3.Now you are ready to install a back flushkit. This kit is inexpensive and can easily be purchased at yourlocal auto parts store. Follow the instructions on the back onthe kit. Basically, you have to cut the heater inlet hose goingto the top of the engine. This is where you install the Tsection provided in the kit into the line. Slip both ends of thehose onto this fitting and tighten the clamps provided in thekit. Go ahead and connect your garden hose to this fitting. 4.Now place the diverter that came in the kit into the opening onthe top of the radiator. This is where the water and coolantwill pour out from when you start to flush the system. A hose ortube will be helpful to direct the run off into a bucket. 5.Nowit is time to start the engine, turn the heater on high and turnon the garden hose. Coolant is now circulating through theengine and coming out through the diverter on the top of theradiator. Continue this process until clean water begins to comeout the top. This should only take a few minutes. 6.Turn offthe engine and garden hose. Now drain the radiator again into abucket and close the drain valve when you are done. 7.Now it istime to add the new anti freeze. Pour the entire contents of theanti freeze bottle into the empty radiator and fill it untilcoolant pours out of the neck. Screw back on the radiator capand you are done. Make sure you have also screwed back on theprovided cap onto the T fitting you installed. 8.Take your carfor a test drive around the block and make sure everything is ok.

Now you have a back flush fitting installed for the next timeyou need to flush your radiator and it will be a lot quicker.You will thank yourself the next time you pass that unluckyperson on the side of the road with the ominous steam cloudpouring from the hood.

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