Cooling system problems are the most common reason for mechanical failure in a vehicle and they are largely avoidable. Here’s what you need to know to prevent cooling system problems. First, the terms coolant and antifreeze are often used interchangeably. The fluid cools your engine while it’s running and it keeps it from freezing when it’s cold.
Your cooling system is filled with a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze/coolant. So if you’re topping off antifreeze/coolant it is important to add the proper amount of each. Distilled water is much better than tap water. Now you can buy premixed coolant so you can be sure you know the mixture going in your vehicle is correct.
Two important precautions: First, never add coolant when the engine is hot. This can lead to serious burns. Second, there are many antifreeze formulas out there. Your manufacturer recommends a specific type that won’t harm your cooling system components. Use the wrong fluid and you could en up voiding your cooling system warranty. Your knowledgeable Express Car Care adviser can help you with all of this.
Each manufacturer has a schedule for when you should change the coolant in your vehicle. It’s important to follow this schedule because neglecting your cooling system allows the fluid to become corrosive. Corrosion leads to leaks which can lead to greater damage. Check with your service adviser at Express Car Care to see if it’s time for a cooling system inspection and service. Give us a call and let us help.