Owning a vehicle is one of the largest investments you will make, so it is important to keep it in the best condition. By bringing it in for regular maintenance inspections, we can check for all the parts and components to ensure they are working correctly. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the best way to repair it. Along with checking the parts, we will inspect the fluid levels in your vehicle and top off them as needed. This also includes the antifreeze. The levels should be at the line indicated on each reservoir. If one fluid goes down more often than the rest, it could mean there is a leak somewhere. If you notice this, schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle and fluid levels for you.
Antifreeze is most often a mixture of half glycol and half water. Glycol is what helps the fluid from freezing in harsh winter conditions. In the summer moths, the glycol also helps the antifreeze fluid from reaching a boiling point. It will help keep the engine temperatures constant under all driving conditions. Antifreeze is better than water because the water will actually transfer heat more efficiently than antifreeze. The antifreeze will include additional additives that prevent rust and corrosion in the radiator, engine, and heater of the vehicle.
Checking antifreeze is something that should only have to be done a couple of times a year to make sure there are no leaks in the system. If the antifreeze is consistently low and needing to be refilled, it means that there is a leak in the system. The antifreeze should look clear and be pale yellowish-green in color. Long-life antifreeze should appear pale orange in color. No matter the color, the key is that the antifreeze is not dirty looking and that flecks of rust are not floating around in it. Fresh antifreeze in the system helps to ensure that the vehicle engine does not suffer damage. If you have any questions or concerns about the antifreeze or your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment. We can inspect the fluid levels and antifreeze to ensure it is in the best condition possible.