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Posts Tagged: radiator flush

Coolant flush – Should you replace coolant?

When and how to get the right coolant flush service Many shops advertise coolant flush services and they often issue discount coupons. You may think you’re getting a proper coolant flush when you’re really just getting a radiator drain and fill. Here’s an example of a radiator flush coupon offered by a chain operated repair center. They’re not deceiving you–you’ll get a radiator flush.  It’s just that you don’t want a radiator flush, you want a cooling system flush. There’s a huge difference between the two and the drain and … Read More

Radiator flush or cooling system service

Should I get a radiator flush or cooling system service? Every Spring and Fall shops advertise specials on a radiator flush. You may think a radiator flush is the same thing as cooling system service. It’s not. A radiator flush is exactly what the term implies; the shop drains the radiator and refills it with coolant. But the radiator only holds a small portion of the coolant in your engine. To do a complete cooling system service, you attach a cooling system flush machine to capture all the old coolant … Read More

Which antifreeze do I use?

Which antifreeze do I use There are many different types and colors of antifreeze. But only one is right for your particular engine. Using the wrong antifreeze or mixing different types of antifreeze can damage your engine and cooling system. When people ask this question I always answer the same way. Use what the car maker recommends. There is no such thing as a universal coolant. So, if you own a late model GM vehicle, use DexCool. For any other car brand, go to the dealer and buy the factory … Read More


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