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Why do I need to flush antifreeze\coolant?

Why do I need to flush antifreeze\coolant?

Antifreeze (also known as engine coolant) has three major functions.  The first of course is to cool the engine down.  Without antifreeze your engine will very quickly suffer catastrophic damage.  The second function of antifreeze is to keep the coolant in the engine from freezing (It's like the function is right in the name!  Weird right?).  If the coolant were to freeze inside the engine it would expand and crack the engine on the inside.  The third function and one of the more important ones in our tropical climate is corrosion protection.    Degraded coolant will negatively affect all three major functions of the coolant.  Whenever antifreeze gets old it will break down and form solids in the engine.  This looks like either murky coolant or gunk buildup inside the radiator.  These solids will do massive amounts of damage to the engine seals and moving parts like the water pump.   A coolant power flush will remove m ... read more

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Why do I need to flush my transmission?

Why do I need to flush my transmission?

Transmission fluid has many functions.  The fluid is used to put pressure on certain clutches and plates inside the transmission which causes the motion of your vehicle.  It is also circulated through the radiator to cool the transmission.   Over the life of a vehicle the transmission fluid is put through large amounts of abuse.  Whenever transmission fluid breaks down it loses its ability to cool the transmission properly.  It will also pick up debris which will be circulated through the transmission causing damage to the moving parts inside the transmission.   A transmission flush will remove the debris and gunk build up inside your transmission and radiator.  It will also replace the old fluid with new fluid that will protect the moving parts inside.  Just changing the transmission filter and refilling the pan will only remove about 25% of the old transmission fluid leaving a large amount of fluid inside the torque converter and radiator ... read more

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Why do so many mechanics recommend work on my car? It seems to be running just fine.

Why do so many mechanics recommend work on my car? It seems to be running just fine.

Numerous studies have been performed on this subject.  One such study claims when a vehicle has regular maintenance performed it will save you $0.10 per mile driven.  That adds up to $300 dollars in savings between oil changes when you change your oil every 3000 miles.  Why is this you ask?  $300 for a transmission flush for a vehicle with these new super expensive fully synthetic transmission fluids seems like a ton of money.  When you compare that $300 for a transmission flush to keep the transmission like new to $3000 for a new transmission it doesn’t look so bad though.  The same goes for oil changes.  If you calculate $40 for an oil change you can get about 130 oil changes for the price of 1 engine.     Another reason for the lower cost is the increase in gas mileage on a properly maintained vehicle.  We performed an experiment in house recently where we changed the oil in an 06 Prius every 10,000 miles for a ... read more

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