What Does Coolant Or Antifreeze Do?
Coolant, also called antifreeze, is the fluid found in your radiator. Your coolant contains a chemical (ethylene glycol) that stops water from freezing or boiling in regular and extreme temperatures. Coolant also contains rust, corrosion and foaming inhibitors. Not only is coolant important in the summer to prevent the water in your radiator from boiling over, coolant also provides lubrication for the moving parts it comes into contact with inside your vehicle. The Cooling System in your vehicle is responsible for maintaining safe operating temperatures and protecting your engine. The specific characteristics of Antifreeze serve a dual purpose by preventing boil-over in the summer and freezing in the winter. Additionally, antifreeze helps prevent corrosion in the cooling system, which can be problematic.
Coolant: Checking coolant strength is important for maintaining engine operation and condition. Flushing/replacing coolant clears out any dirt/rust particles in the cooling system and replenishes the cooling systems rust inhibitors.
How Can I Check My Coolant Level?
To check your coolant level, find the coolant reservoir under the hood of your vehicle. The reservoir or the cap may be labelled as "Engine Coolant" or have a warning label such as “Never Open Hot”. In most cases, you should be able to see if the liquid reaches the full line on the side of the reservoir without opening the cap.
When Should I Top Up Or Change My Coolant?
If the coolant level is lower than the full line, it might just need a top up. However if the existing fluid looks colourless or rusty or has debris floating in it, it is time to flush the old coolant out and add new. Although it is possible to simply drain the old coolant and replace it, this only refreshes the fluid in the radiator, not in the other parts of the vehicle that the coolant comes into contact with (like the engine block and hoses). In contrast, a complete coolant flush (also known as a radiator flush) will clean the entire coolant system and help protect the system for the long haul.
Where In Edmonton Can I Get A Coolant Service Or Flush If Needed?
Lexus of Edmonton offers full coolant services. As part of our everyday service, our technicians check your radiator fluid and top it up if needed. If your vehicle has reached the recommended service interval at which the manufacturer recommends a coolant flush, we will inform you of this. For your convenience, we offer a complete fluid drain & replacement service which you may choose to do at that time or anytime for $170-$190 plus gst!
Request an appointment with our Service Department by filling out the form. We will confirm your appointment with you within 24 hours of receiving your request. Please note that your confirmation will come during regular business hours Monday – Friday. For same day appointments, please contact us Toll Free directly at 1-866-936-8300 or locally at 780-784-0550 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org