Your cooling system’s job is to keep your vehicle engine cool while driving around Delavan, Elkhorn, Lake Geneva and surrounding Southern Wisconsin areas. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your engine and absorbs heat. The mixture then flows out to the radiator where it’s cooled by air flowing over the radiator. From there the cooled mix circulates back through the engine to absorb more heat.
Coolant, or antifreeze, is specially formulated to keep your vehicle engine safe in a wide range of environmental and operating temperatures in WI. Without coolant, the metal engine parts would expand so much that the engine would seize up and stop running. Many parts could be broken or warp so badly they would have to be replaced. It could even be so bad that the whole engine is ruined and has to be replaced. Also, if it’s freezing outside in Delavan, the water in your vehicle engine could freeze while your vehicle is sitting out in the WI cold.
This is why it is wise to get your coolant levels checked frequently and have your vehicle cooling system inspected at Advanced Auto Clinic for leaks. Also your vehicle has a maintenance requirement for draining and replacing your coolant. These recommendations can vary widely, so check your owner’s manual or ask your auto advisor at Advanced Auto Clinic.
The reason you need to change the coolant is that it has additives in it to protect the cooling system. As you can imagine, with all the heat, the cooling system’s a pretty harsh environment. The additives keep the fluid from becoming corrosive and damaging the vehicle radiator and other cooling system components.
Over time, the additives are depleted, and the coolant just has to be replaced. A simple Ph test can measure the coolant’s acidity. You may have noticed that there are different colors of antifreeze; it is important that drivers use the correct type. The different coolant types are different colors so you don’t mix them up.
Manufacturers use different materials to make the cooling system, and they require different types of antifreeze to protect them. So check with your friendly and knowledgeable Advanced Auto Clinic or your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the right kind, because using the wrong coolant can void the warranty for your cooling system.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure. The results can range from inconvenient to extremely expensive. You can head off most cooling system problems with regular coolant replacement and cooling system inspections. If you see green, amber or yellow fluid under your vehicle, bring it in for an inspection. At Advanced Auto Clinic in Delavan, WI we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at (262) 728-2944 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.