The car’s coolant system is vital to the performance of the engine. If the heat produces while the engine is running is not cooled down properly this could lead to a massive buildup of heat which can destroy the engine.

In order to ensure that the coolant system is functioning properly, you need to perform regular inspections and flashes of the car radiator and make sure that you refill the antifreeze as well.

The coolant can be inspected as often as you do your other regular inspections such as oil levels, brake, battery or transmission fluid and others.

People often rely on professional car maintenance and repair services to do these checks for them.

As a whole owning a car is a responsible job. You need to take proper care of it if you want it to serve you well for longer and in order to ensure that it is safe to drive.

Here are some tips for safe DIY radiator inspection

The most common injury you can incur when inspecting your car radiator is a mild to serious burn from the boiling hot radiator itself or from the cap. In order to avoid getting burned, you should:

  1. Turn the ignition off and wait until the engine has cooled down completely. Keep in mind that even if the hood feels cool enough, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the radiator fluid is cool as well. If the liquid is still at boiling temperature, then so is the radiator, so be careful and wait patiently for them to cool down.
  2. Use a burn resistant glove or rag. Even if you are certain that the engine has cooled down completely it is highly recommended that you wear a protective glove or use a rug to turn the radiator cap. This is a pressurized system so there is always the risk of steam and boiling liquid burning you!
  3. Tilt the radiator cap when you are removing it. Tilt it in a direction away from your face. This will help protect your face from getting sprayed with the pressurized antifreeze which can spurt out of the radiator.

These simple tips will help you safely inspect and refill your radiator with antifreeze without ending up with painful and severe burns on your hands, face or body.

Of course, you can always take your car to a professional repair shop to have it inspected and the liquid refilled properly. Better be safe than sorry, right!