Your cooling system’s job is to keep your vehicle engine cool while driving around. 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 ON. Without coolant, the metal engine parts would expand so much that the engine would seize up and stop running. Many pricey 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 Hamilton, the water in your vehicle engine could freeze while your vehicle is sitting out in the ON cold.
This is why Hamilton drivers are wise to check coolant levels frequently and have their vehicle cooling system inspected at Putney’s for leaks. Also your car maker has a maintenance requirement for draining and replacing your coolant. These car maker recommendations can vary widely, so check your owner’s manual or ask your Hamilton service advisor at Putney’s.
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 vital that Hamilton 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 Putney’s service advisor or car maker’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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