What kind of water do you use to flush a radiator?
Flush the Radiator Remove the radiator cap and pour distilled water into the radiator until full. Replace the cap, then start up the vehicle and let it run for 10 to 15 minutes. This will work the distilled water into the engine, flushing out any loose debris or corrosion along with the last of the old antifreeze.
What are the two types of coolant in cooling system?
There are three main types of coolant that car companies use: Inorganic Additive Technology (IAT), Organic Acid Technology (OAT), and Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT). Typically, older cars use IAT. It needs to be changed every two years or 24,000 miles, making it far inferior to newer formulas.
What sort of coolant should I use?
Cars made after 1998 normally need antifreeze that uses silicate-free, organic acid technology (OAT). These types of antifreeze offer better corrosion protection so that parts don’t need to be changed as often. Cars made before 1998 usually need antifreeze that isn’t OAT-based and that does contain silicate.
Can you flush your own radiator?
If your mechanic is trying to charge you more, or you’d rather take care of business yourself and save some cash, here’s how to flush your own radiator. Open the radiator cap and coolant reservoir cap. Allow the engine to cool down, then drain the radiator again, refill the system with water and repeat the process.
Can you use hose water to flush radiator?
To flush the radiator, you can use a garden hose since it’s effective in removing rust and all other sediments that have been building up over time. Using a garden hose will keep the radiator clean and prevent rust from accumulating.
Do you have to use distilled water to flush radiator?
As it chemically removes electrons from the metals of cooling system components, distilled water eventually does extreme damage that could lead to cooling system failure.
Does the type of coolant matter?
Well, you use the coolant that is specified in your owner’s manual. If you just need to top it up, the recommendation is still the same, however it is unlikely to cause any serious problems if you add a litre of a different type of coolant, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.