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Checking the Antifreeze

by | Aug 19, 2016 | Antifreeze, Auto Repair, Fluids, Fuel Efficiency








Antifreeze is a liquid made up of chemicals that will not allow the other fluids in your vehicle to freeze or gather pockets of water that could freeze. Antifreeze is to be poured into radiators, via a funnel so that is does not spill everywhere around the engine. The antifreeze is meant to keep things from freezing up, it also works in the reverse. It keeps the liquids and the water from boiling. So even though it is called antifreeze, it is also known as the engine coolant for the car. This is an important in order to have the vehicle running efficiently when you drive.


Antifreeze is also a lubricant for the moving parts in the engine. It works in and around the water pump to prevent freezing of water particles, but it also helps the pump to operate more efficiently. The compound is made up of many things that make it a smooth liquid that will not lock up or let the other fluids in the engine lock up. When there is a leak in the antifreeze, your vehicle is at risk of locking up, no matter what time of year it is. Antifreeze is usually red or green when it is put in to the engine.


There are three kinds of antifreeze that are available. There is the traditional kind, which is a 50/50 mix of ethylene glycol and water. Different brands will have a formula that varies slightly from this, but it is pretty standard. If you do have pets or young children around, you might want to purchase a mix that is considered to be low toxic. The low toxic mixture is a propylene glycol based and will work just as well as any other type of product that you can put in to your engine. You can also bring the vehicle and we can inspect the fluids for you.