Flush The Cooling System On Your automobile, or Truck

Posted by Mamas_Wae On Kamis, 09 Maret 2017 0 komentar
Your cooling system should be flushed every other year. No, I'm not insane, but with all the brand-new chemicals they use today, it will literally eat up the rubber hoses and deteriorate the heater core, and the radiator core.

Have a drain pan under the drain plug, or the lower radiator hose, to capture the old liquid. EPA doesn't want you to let it run out onto the ground--it will contaminate Earth!

Make sure the motor is cold! Hot antifreeze burns dramatically and it will blaze you, too!

If you can get to the drain plug, (sometimes it's solid to get to) you can put a piece of 3/8 inch hose onto it. Put the other end into the drain pan and open the drain plug. This will let the liquid empty into the drain pan--that route all the liquid will go into the drain pan and not spread out and drip all over the place. Remove the radiator cap.

If you want, and it's much faster, you can remove the lower radiator hose from the radiator. Use caution, though, you don't want to break the neck on the radiator--that's a no-no.

It is good to have the drain plug opened, though, when you commence to flush.

a word of caution! Antifreeze/summer coolant is very toxic. Don't get it on the body colourant, or on your skin. Wash it off with water! Another thing, it will kill your pets if they drink it, so keep them, and children, away from it, remember, I warned you!:-)

Some vehicles have a vent plug. It's located near the thermostat housing (where the upper radiator hose is connected to). Open this to vent: the liquid will empty out good.

Now will be a good moment to inspect the hoses. Look at the heater hoses: are they swelled near the clamps? Do they feel solid, or real soft? If so, replace them. The same with the upper and lower radiator hoses. If your car has a by-pass hose (from the water pump to the thermostat housing) check it also. Don't be skimpy here, a small for a hose now will save a lot later. Replace the hose clamps, too, if they need replacing. I hate those "clip" type, and they are usually in need of replacing.

You can get a "flush kit" at most auto parts stores. Read the instruction as to how to install it. Most of the moment you can cut the heater hose going to the water pump and install it there. They are designed to be a permanent fixture: you can leave it hooked up.

After you have installed the flush kit you need to hook up the garden hose to the fitting. It might be best for you to remove the thermostat, as cool water will close it and restrict flow.

Turn the water faucet on, not too much, and leave the radiator cap off and the drain open. If water spews from the vent plug opening, put it back in.

Crank the motor and let it idle. Watch the liquid coming from the 3/8 tubing. When the liquid is clear as water, ha, you can turn the faucet off and then turn the ignition switch off.

You may need two drain pans to capture all the liquid, plus, you will need to find a place in your city to dispose the liquid: a mend shop, or disposal crop. Do not pour it out on the ground: EPA!!!

Let the car cool down. After the motor is cold you can turn the water faucet on again and reflush. There is no need to restart the motor, just let the water run through the block, heater core, and radiator. Let this go for about two or three minutes, then you can turn the water off and remove the garden hose. Put the cap that came with the kit over the spout after you remove the garden hose...you won't have to remove the flush kit, just leave it there for the next moment.

They make chemicals to flush systems that have a lot of rust and deposits in them, but this mean will work in most cases.

Be sure you have the lower radiator hose clamp firm (if you removed it), and have the drain plug firm (remove the hose if you put one on).

Now you can add your antifreeze/summer coolant. Depending on where you live, most car manufacturers recommend a 50/50 solution. Look in your owner's manual and see what they recommend. If your car holds two gallons of coolant, then you want to put in one gallon of coolant and one gallon of water.

If your car doesn't have a vent plug, you can fill the radiator to the top, then crank the motor. Note: If you removed the thermostat, be sure to reinstall it, I'd recommend installing a brand-new one.

After you crank the motor, let it idle. Watch the radiator filler spout, water may overflow. If it does, put the cap back on. Feel of the upper radiator hose. When it gets warm to hot, then the thermostat has opened and you can remove the radiator cap slowly. If no water tries to escape, then you can remove it and add water.

Most vehicles of late have a plastic reservoir. After you have the radiator full you can fill the reservoir to the line on the side of the container, "full cold", with water.

Now, commence the motor again and let it idle. Look for leaks (mend them if you have any) and watch the temperature gauge. If you have a light you will have to feel of the upper radiator hose to tell when the motor is at operating temperature: the hose will be very hot. Most vehicles run a 190o thermostat, so you won't be able to hold the hose very long, unless you're a hot-metal worker.

No leaks? Temperature ok? liquid stage full? You're a genius! You are prepared to do some more "repair" on your car, and you don't have to take it to the mend shop.

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