What do you know about coolant? Much like oil, it needs to have its own maintenance schedule to keep it from damaging your car.
Do you know when is the best time to change your engine coolant? Most cars on the road need theirs changed every 30,000 miles but this varies by model. If you’re a car owner you should know when your car needs its coolant changed, why, and how.
Most auto dealers will sell you a long-life coolant which is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water to protect the radiator from hot summers and freezing winters. This mix allows you to keep driving with almost no regular maintenance because now the car has longer intervals between changes. Many auto shops will recommend a fluid change every 30,000-50,000 miles. Depending on what kind of coolant you use and what your mechanic recommends, this number can change.
So, why do you need it changed? Well, coolant will deteriorate over time. Unlike oil, it is a little harder to test by appearances. Your car can even tell you that the reservoir is sufficiently full but an antifreeze flush might be needed.
When deteriorating, coolant can become acidic and cause corrosion. The corrosion will overtake the radiator, thermostat, and your heating/cooling system. This can prove fatal for your engine because if it stops your car from maintaining proper temperatures you will have an overheating problem.
Determining when your coolant is outdated is difficult which is why you should take your car in to get tested by a professional. Allow a mechanic to look for signs of corrosion, rust, and test your heating/cooling system. If they find corrosion and deterioration, the antifreeze coolant should be changed. Your mechanic will also go ahead and flush your coolant to remove contaminants. If you need a trusted car expert consider bringing your car into Weldon’s.
The mechanics at Weldon’s can ensure that your car is serviced and maintained to keep you and your car in top condition. If you need help with any of these tips, feel free to ask us for help. If you would like to make an appointment,
Call (580) 279-0907 today.