Make checking your cooling system a part of your Honda safety routineJul 14th, 2017
Performing regular maintenance on your Honda’s cooling system is an important part of any Honda safety routine. Keeping up with this can help protect your car engine, and avoid overheating or other issues related to your car’s radiator. In summer as the temperature rises, it’s important to have these systems running at peak efficiency so that your engine doesn’t overheat. Here are some tips to make sure that your cooling system is in good working order all summer long.
Maintain fluid levels
Checking the radiator in your Honda on a regular basis should become second nature to you. At least once a month you should also be checking the fluid level in the cooling system. While doing this it’s a good idea to also check the reserve tank or overflow tank fluids to ensure they are at the correct levels.
If more fluid needs to be added, mix antifreeze coolant with a 50/50 mix of water when it’s warm out. The ratios change based on location, season, and temperature so always check with your service technician about what’s best for your Honda.
Drain and flush the radiator
The longer you go without maintaining your car’s radiator, the higher the chance of dirt and contaminants building up and breaking your car’s radiator cooling system. The antifreeze can become acidic and lose its effectiveness if not change periodically as well, which can negatively impact your car.
You should drain out the radiator and fill it back up with fresh new coolant at least once a year. Before you fill it back up, it is also important to have the radiator system flushed with a high volume of water (or another cleaning liquid). This will remove any built up debris or dirt that restrict the flow of the antifreeze.
Inspect all radiator parts
Always ensure you are checking the radiator cap and water outlet cap on the reserve tank of your car, and look for cracks or damage. Damaged caps should be replaced immediately, and the best practice is to replace the radiator cap or water outlet cap on the reserve/overflow tank whenever the systems are drained or flushed.
At the same time, you should be periodically inspecting all hoses and tubes that are attached to the radiator to the water pump, thermostat and radiator overflow/reserve tank. Even without damage, they should be changed every 3-4 years as they can become dry and brittle, resulting in bursting or damage.
The radiator tank and radiator overflow or reserve tank should also be inspected every few months. Look for even the smallest amount of damage, as large problems usually begin as pinholes or punctures that can easily be repaired when first noticed.
Take your Honda to our Service Technicians
The best way to ensure your Honda is in the running at peak efficiency is to bring it in to our expert Service department and have them take a look! No one knows Honda’s like we do, and we’ll be sure to get you running smoothly all summer long. Book an appointment with our team today.