How to Clean a Radiator

To keep your car running it’s best so you can get yourself to work on time or the places you need to go without hassle, there are a few things you can do yourself to help keep it running it’s best. Mall here I come! Ok, seriously. How to clean your radiator, you will need cooling system cleaner or flush.

First Things First

This step is really important, the first thing that you need to do is make sure the engine is cool before you drain the radiator. Drain by removing the drain plug at the base of the radiator. After draining, close the drain plug and refill with water. Run the engine again, run until the thermostat opens. This will cause the water to circulate to the engine block. Allow the engine to cool once again, drain, close the drain plug, fill with water again.

Down With The Nitty Gritty

With the cooling system cleaner or flush that you have chosen (contact your car dealer if your not sure which one to use) pour into the radiator and run the engine while the heater is on. Now you can drain, and then refill with distilled or demineralization water. Run the engine again and let it cool. To make sure all the cleaning solution has drained from the engine, you must repeat the process, at least once.

Finishing Off

To finish the job, choose an antifreeze recommended for your car, add enough antifreeze to your radiator, you want to achieve fifty to seventy percent concentration. Finishing by filling your car again with distilled or demineralized water. Once again run your engine and let it cool. Finishing off you want to top off the radiator and coolant reservoir with your chosen antifreeze.

Those are the steps in how to clean a radiator, and the steps are simple enough for anyone to follow. You don’t have to take your car into the shop to do this. It’s easily done at home. And even if you haven’t done it before(and girls, don’t worry about breaking or chipping your nails), these tips will make it foolproof.

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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