Coolant, also called Antifreeze, is vital to the performance of your vehicle. It keeps your engine running regardless of the temperature and protects against damaging deposits and rust build-up.
Q: How does Coolant work and why does my engine need it?
A: Coolant/Antifreeze is mixed with the water in your radiator to prevent the water from freezing in the winter and boiling over in the summer. Without coolant, water would freeze in climates colder than 32 degrees. Likewise, even under normal conditions, a vehicle’s engine can exceed water’s boiling point of 212 degrees. By using a 50/50 Antifreeze/Coolant , water will be kept at a comfortable temperature for your engine’s performance.
Q: How often should my coolant/antifreeze be flushed?
A: Antifreeze should typically be flushed every 2-3 years, or approximately every 25,000 miles. Extended life coolants don’t need be changed for 5 years. However, always refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance schedules.
Q: Why do I have to mix water with my Coolant —won’t that dilute it?
A: It’s a normal jump to think that water would dilute Coolant. After all, water dilutes everything else it’s mixed with, right? Fact is, water is necessary for antifreeze to work. It’s never recommended to use coolant/antifreeze at full strength. Always refer to the instructions on your bottle antifreeze, as well as your owner’s manual.