Alma Location
1210 East Superior St.,
Alma, MI 48801
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Mt. Pleasant Location
120 South Fancher St.,
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Mt. Pleasant
1011 Industrial Drive,
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Gaylord
1180 Milbocker Rd.,
Gaylord, MI 49735
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Saginaw
3733 Wolf Rd.,
Saginaw, MI 48601
Mon - Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Alma, Gaylord & Mount Pleasant Auto Repair

How Often Does Your Radiator Needs to be Flushed?

Radiators are not as glamorous as other parts of your vehicle, but they're also one of the most important when it comes to maintaining a long-lasting car. This article will teach you everything you need to know about radiator maintenance, including: what causes radiators to fail, how often you need to flush your radiator, and the best practices to keep your radiator clean and in good working order.

When Does Your Radiator Need to be Flushed?

If you're like most people, you probably don't think about your car's radiator very often. But did you know that it's important to flush your radiator regularly? Here's a look at how often your car radiator should be flushed and why it's so important.

Most mechanics recommend flushing your car's radiator every 30,000 miles or so. This helps to remove any build-up of sediment or rust that can clog the radiator and cause problems.

Signs That Your Car Radiator Needs to be Flushed

If you notice any of the following signs, it's time to flush your car radiator:

  • Your car's overheating more frequently.
  • The coolant level in your radiator is low.
  • The coolant looks dirty or rusty.
  • You notice leaks in the radiator or hoses.
  • The engine is running hot and has reduced power.

How to Flush a Car Radiator

  1. Drain the coolant: Remove the radiator cap and drain the coolant into a clean container. If your radiator is very dirty, you may want to flush it with a hose before draining the coolant.
  2. Flush the radiator: Use a garden hose to flush out any remaining debris from the radiator. Be sure to run water through all of the radiator's chambers and valves.
  3. Refill the radiator: Once the radiator is clean, add new coolant and replace the cap. Start the engine and leave it running for a few minutes to check for leaks.


If you're unsure about how often to flush your car's radiator, it's best to consult with a professional. We invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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