With the weather getting cooler it is important to check the coolant level in your vehicle regularly.
The level of coolant should not change much in a short period of time. If you notice your level of coolant has changed drastically in a short period of time you probably have a leak. It is important to find the leak ASAP to avoid a breakdown later. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, cooling system failure is the leading cause of mechanical breakdowns on the highway. Also, according to numerous aftermarket surveys, coolant neglect is one of the leading causes of cooling system breakdowns.
The coolant must also have the right mix of water and antifreeze to provide adequate freezing and boiling protection. A 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water will prevent freezing and boiling over. You can test your antifreeze level with this Coolant Refractometer.
Over time, the coolant mixture can become bad. It can get dirt and other contaminants in it and even become acidic. When this occurs, the coolant mixture is less effective and should be changed. Most car manufacturers recommend that you change the radiator fluid in your vehicle every 24,000 to 36,000 miles, or every 24 to 36 months.
Written By: Cheri Shue, Guest Blogger
Sources:http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/breakdown_advice/how-to-check-your-engine-coolant.html http://www.arrowheadradiator.com/coolant_&_radiator_service.htm http://www.carsdirect.com/car-repair/how-often-should-you-replace-your-cars-radiator-fluid