It's that time of year again, getting ready for winter. Like it or not, we all know that the cold weather is coming. For most people, their main automotive concern is whether or not the coolant will freeze in the cold weather. Although that can cause major problems, it's just one factor. A major cause of failure is corrosion build up inside the cooling system. Most of the cooling system is metallic. Since coolant is 50% water, this can cause rust to form inside the system. If rust eats through the metal, it makes a hole. Examples of holes in the cooling system can be found in a leaking radiator or heater core. But that's not all...
The chemical corrosion inhibitor in the coolant also begins to break down. Combined with the suspended rust in the coolant, it starts thickening. This sludge can clog radiators and heater cores which causes no heat in the car or overheating. It can also wreak havoc on the fan impellers inside the water pump. All of those repairs can be pretty costly.
Ironically, the radiator hoses are relatively inexpensive to replace, but if one blows, you are stopped where you are. Now the cost increases as you have to figure out your options, especially if you were headed somewhere important.
The cost of an antifreeze flush is about $89.95, most places. Radiator hose replacement runs about $150.00 for both, on average. The other repairs range in price from $250.00 to as much as $1500.00!
So, as a preventative maintenance rule, it's good to flush the system every 4 years or 40,000 miles. Even the extended life coolant fails eventually. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security, after the warranty runs out, the manufacturer really isn't concerned with what the coolant will do to your system. Play it safe and flush the system. Save yourself time and money!
That's what Mobile Service Pros is all about. We save you time and money. Hopefully our advice will do the same!
Erik and Jennifer are the owner/operators of Mobile Service Pros. We enjoy working with our customers and community.