The cooling system should be a part of your scheduled vehicle maintenance. This procedure should always be done in every 2 to 4 years. It is important to perform this maintenance because the radiator is responsible for maintaining the car cool. If the engine is not kept cold it could cause overheating and then repairing it would be very expensive.
Rinsing and washing the cooling system also helps to eliminate all the accumulated dirt and makes the engine perform better. This is simple as we can do this activity in our homes keeping in mind that we have the basic knowledge of mechanics and necessary tools.
Note: It is very important to know that if the engine refrigerant leaks or the engine overheats, you should not do this wash.
To perform this task we need the following tools:
- Protection Gloves and Lenses.
- Several containers with and without the lid.
- Different screwdrivers and wrenches.
- A fine brush with soft bristles.
- Hose with gun or water diffuser.
- Liquid soap multipurpose.
- Antifreeze liquid.
How To Quickly Wash a Car’s Cooling System?
Here we explain in 7 simple steps how to quickly wash the cooling system:
- First of all, you must make sure that the engine of your vehicle is completely cold. If it is hot when you remove the plug of the antifreeze container, there is a chance that the antifreeze liquid would spill right into your face and get you hurt.
- Open the hood and secure it with the rod. Start cleaning the parts around the radiator with water and liquid soap to remove dirt and dead insects. Then grab the fine brush with soft bristles and clean the radiator grilles in the direction they go. After cleaning with the brush, rinse with water to remove the debris produced.
- Once the radiator is completely clean, proceed to drain the antifreeze fluid it contains. Put on gloves with safety glasses and locate the drain valve (most cars have this at the bottom of the radiator). Use the correct screwdriver or wrench according to the model of the plug of your vehicle. After opening the cap, place a container or a bucket so that all the coolant comes out. After the last drop falls, replace the cap and make sure it is well covered.
- When the radiator is empty, refill with water with the help of the hose. Then drain by removing the lower plug. Repeat this procedure at least 3 times until the water is completely clear from the radiator. Remember that you must maintain the same safety measures taking into account that the drained water must be in covered containers.
- Once you have done the previous step, check the condition of the radiator cap, the hoses, connections, and their clamps. In case if any part is worn, you should replace it or replace it with a new one.
- To finish after having verified that everything is in order, proceed to fill the radiator with the new coolant until it reaches its recommended level.