Performing a Radiator Flush 
Thursday, April 12, 2012, 12:55 PM
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The car's radiator is responsible for keeping your engine cool and prevents it from overheating. However, as time passes, the radiator can get quite dirty and will need to be cleaned in order to perform efficiently in keeping your engine cool. Cleaning the radiator by performing a radiator flush is inexpensive and will prevent expensive damages to your car's engine.

Before you perform a radiator flush, you need to make sure that you have everything that you need to perform it. There's nothing more frustrating than draining your radiator only to realize that you need something from the auto parts store that is in another part of town to completely perform the flush.

What you will need is a Phillips head screwdriver or a wrench (depending on what the radiator requires), a cloth rag, coolant, radiator flush solution, funnel, and a used coolant receptacle.

Before you perform the radiator flush, you need to make sure that your engine is completely cool. If you just used your car, let it cool for a few hours, or perform the flush the next day.

Now that you are ready to perform the radiator flush, the first step is to drain the radiator of the old coolant. Locate the drain plug, which could be anywhere along the bottom of the radiator. It will either be a screw or a bolt plug or even a petcock. Before you loosen it and let the old coolant drain out, be sure that the used coolant receptacle is placed under the drain.

After the radiator is completely drained, replace the drain plug and open the radiator cap. Add the contents of the radiator flush solution to the radiator and fill it to the top with water.

Replace the radiator cap and make sure it's tight. After that, start the car and let it run until it gets to its operating temperature or when you see that temp gauge reach the temperature level it normally stays at.

Then, turn your heater on and move the temperature control to the hottest position. Let the car and the heater run for about 10 to 15 minutes and turn the car off as well as the heater. Wait until the engine cools off. If the radiator cap is still hot to the touch, it's still hot to open.

Once the engine has cooled down, the next step is to drain the radiator again. Open the drain plug and empty the contents in the radiator. Just remember that nothing from the radiator should leak onto the ground.

Now that the radiator is cleaned, the next step is to replace the radiator drain plug or close the petcock. Then, open the radiator cap and refill the radiator with fresh coolant. It is recommended that you fill the radiator with 1:1 mixture of coolant and water. This means that 50 percent should be coolant and the remaining 50 percent should be water. After you fill the radiator, you can fill the plastic coolant reservoir with the same coolant and water mixture.

Tighten everything, including the caps and you are ready to go. With a clean radiator, you can be sure that you are keeping your car's engine properly maintained and perform efficiently.
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Chevy and Other Great Classic Cars 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 02:44 PM
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Classic Car News: The Journey of the Jaguar 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 02:42 PM
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She's hit the top spot at Le Mans, flirted with many an F1 driver, rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, and even had a love affair with Steve McQueen - not bad for an old girl about to hit the big 50. If you haven't worked out that I'm talking about the iconic Jaguar, you've missed out on a monumentous slice of motoring history.

The Telegraph website refers to the Jag as the "coolest cat of them all", which is understandable when you look back on the extremely eye-catching vintage cars that have come from the British luxury car manufacturer. Two of the proudest moments in Jaguar's long history so far have been winning the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1951 and again in 1953.

In 1961 we were wowed by her unrivalled beauty, performance and extraordinary value, but nothing could have prepared us for the fantasies that the E-type Jaguar provoked. To most Britons in 1961 owning any car was highly aspirational, so it's hard to exaggerate just what a glamorous creation this classic beauty was.

If it's good enough for Steve McQueen it's certainly good enough for us. The undeniable love affair between Steve McQueen and the Jaguar was no secret, with a thrill seeking movie star behind the wheel of such a classic creation, the pair were a match made in heaven.

Another chapter in the Jaguar autobiography is the story of the XJ220, which is both inspiring and sad. This was a car of dreams in its day, with a V-12 engine and 4WD, which saw her become the fastest ever road car. The XJ220 was built at a cost of Ł400,000, which was where the trouble began. On a story on PistonHeads.com, it was reported that with the market for exotic cars crashing, buyers refused to pay such high price tags, which meant these valuable cars were being sold below list price – with just over "two hundred making it out of the factory gates".

Every girl needs her girlfriends around her from time to time, so it's no surprise that at the launch party for the Jaguar XJ, the trendier Jaguar, was hanging out with other models such as Elle Macpherson and Poppy Delevigne, discussing design, silhouettes and styling of motoring over a glass of Veuve Clicquot.

- Katie Norton
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