Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated May 28, 2010)
If you have ever wondered what a power flush included, the answer may, or may not, be a simple one. There is a short answer and a long answer.
The short answer is that power flushing takes a machine from outside the vehicle that removes the old fluid and quickly replaces it with new fluid. If you want a more detailed explanation, read on.
You can power flush any system that requires some type of fluid to keep it maintained and running properly. Typically, there are two systems in a vehicle that might need power flushing. The first is the cooling system, and the second is the transmission system. It is easier to do a power flush (which does replace the old fluids with new, while doing some basic cleaning) than it is to actually remove the different pumps, gaskets, filters, and associated parts when performing routine servicing.
It is important to know what you are doing and to be careful when performing a power flush on your vehicle. If done incorrectly, you could potentially blow out any old seals in the system. You'll know if this happens because it's hard to miss the fluid that will spray everywhere. To avoid this, ask your mechanic to use the machine that does not add any pressure to the system. You want to use the machines that are designed to help circulate everything. Each system is going to be a little different since the viscosity and fluidity of each liquid is going to be different. If you are planning to do your own power flushing, consult with the local automotive supply shop clerk for the proper piece of equipment.
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