Car Coolant & Anti Freeze Change
In order to keep your car or vehicle engine cool and prevent it from overheating, it is important to keep it cool. Car Engine coolant helps to do just that and is a vital part of car maintenance. Coolant is a mixture of antifreeze and water which also stops the engine from freezing in extreme weather conditions.
The coolant needs to be applied to the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure that it is as effective as it can be. Today, modern coolants do a lot more. They help in the prevention of scale build up and corrosion of the car engine. They also assist in the heat transfer from the hot engine to the coolant.
What actually is a car coolant?
Car coolant or motorhome coolant is a liquid that runs throughout the car engine so that it runs within the correct operating temperature range. With cars becoming increasingly more advanced, keeping the engines running at the optimum temperature range is essential for the engine’s long term performance and efficiency.
How does the car coolant work?
Car coolant is pumped through various small channels in the car engine block and cylinder head in a ‘closed loop. By doing this heat is removed from the metal and then passed through the radiator. The air motion through the radiator removes heat from the coolant as it passes it (whilst the car is in motion or from a supplementary fan); this then makes it ready to cool the engine again on the next pass. A thermostat then controls the flow through the engine and moderates the cooling depending on the conditions to improve the overall efficiency. If the coolant warning light flashes, it is important that you pull over safely and turn the car engine off. The coolant does need to be checked, but as the pressure in the radiator will be high and very hot you need to be very careful. We advise that you contact us or an experienced mechanic to help regulate the engine temperature. It is not advisable that you drive the vehicle it the temperature can’t be controlled as it can lead to a complete engine failure which can be extremely costly to rectify.