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Coolant

All of the fluids discussed on this site are vital to the performance of your vehicle's engine, with the exception of wiper fluid, coolant ranks among the top fluids as one that is a necessity. Coolant is circulated through the engine absorbing its heat and then dissipates that heat through the radiator. Coolant is also commonly referred to as antifreeze as it has agents in it to prevent the coolant from freezing while sitting idle in low temperatures.

The reservoir for the coolant is usually located just behind the radiator, as in the Honda Accord pictured. Coolant The reservoir for the coolant is much like the reservoir for both the brake and power steering fluid. To check the level of coolant you simply need to look at the side of the reservoir and compare the level of fluid to the markers on the side of the reservoir. Coolant

According to Steve Nelson you should should check the coolant level every time you gas up. If your coolant is running low it can cause your engine to overheat or corrode leading to serious and expensive problems. To add coolant, simply unscrew the top of the reservoir and pour in. Nelson insists that you not touch or open the coolant reservoir until the engine has sufficiently cooled down as this area of the engine gets extremely hot. Nelson also stressed the importance of not opening the cap to the radiator where the coolant enters the radiator from the reservoir as you can be seriously injured by hot coolant.

Types of Coolant

There are many different types of coolant on the market, each one is relatively the same and performs the same task equally as well.Coolant Like your wiper fluid, you want to chose a coolant that is suited for the environment you live in. If you live in a colder climate where the temperature often dips below freezing it is recommended you use a coolant that is resistant to freezing in low temperatures.

Changing Coolant

Coolant, or antifreeze, should be changed and flushed every two years. Steve Nelson also recommends checking coolant levels more often when the outside temperatures are colder then normal, such as in winter.