Just like almost every other part of your vehicle, having proper amounts of coolant in your engine is extremely important. Even though the most essential liquid in the car is the oil, having no coolant can cause a catastrophe. For anyone that has ever had a car, you are likely to be familiar with the substance or at least know that it’s in your car, even if you are not completely sure what it does or how it functions. Needless to say, knowing about coolant can help better educate you on what is going on with your car.
When a car runs its engine, it obviously heats up everything under the hood very quickly. Especially if you have to drive for several hours at a time, this can really generate some major heat from your vehicle. That’s where coolant comes in, as its main purpose is to cool down the engine as it’s running to keep it from overheating. Without having any coolant in your car, it is likely to destroy or severely damage your engine very quickly. Having just water by itself is just not enough to bring down the temperature of the car, because as we all know water retains heat and can become just as hot as its environment. The components inside the coolant are chemicals that resist absorbing the heat and therefore giving your car an avenue to cool down during and after its use.
The coolant inside your vehicle’s system needs to be checked regularly. A good rule of thumb is to look at what is in there and have at least 50% of the cooling center coolant and the other half water. Making a mixture of the two liquids is ideal, because the antifreeze also prevents the water from freezing during colder months in addition to helping it cool down in the hotter times of year. In order to ensure that your cooling system is properly taken care of it is a good idea to check the vitals every 30,000 miles or so. The reason for that is because over time the chemicals in the coolant will eventually lose their effectiveness. This process is done by flushing everything out and then doing it in reverse to get rid of any build up and scale it. While having that part checked out, it is also smart to check on the radiator because that is another important part of the engine altogether. The radiator is responsible for bringing in outside airflow to also cool down the liquids and other parts of the engine. Basically, these parts all work together to help the car have a safe temperature during your travels.
The colors of coolant all vary depending on the type of vehicle that you have. They can be orange, red, blue, gold or blue depending on what the needs of your engine are. Different brands and models are what determine the color of the coolant. For example, a VW car’s coolant is blue while a Ford’s is Gold. The reason that there are so many different colors is because different metals are used to control the corrosive reactions. The nice thing is when you take your car in to be serviced for an oil change it is a standard procedure to get the coolant levels as well.
Written by Marc Laferierre, owner of Dents Unlimited. Dents Unlimited offers the best auto repair Columbia MO has to offer!