There are so many misconceptions around coolant that we want to correct. Here they are:
- Coolant has nothing to do with your air conditioning.
- Even lifetime coolant needs to be replaced eventually.
- Unless you’re a skilled mechanic, this isn’t something you should attempt at home.
Now let us help you understand these different misconceptions.
What Does Coolant Do?
In short, coolant keeps your engine cool and protects the radiator. It does this by absorbing your engine’s heat and dissipating it through the radiator. It also has rust inhibitor which helps prevent the breakdown of the engine. Without the proper amount of coolant or coolant that’s doing its job, your car will overheat, your engine can corrode, and your radiator can crack resulting in hundreds of dollars of damage.
If it Doesn’t Last a Lifetime, Why That Name?
Some coolant does last longer than other brands, however, because people are driving their cars more miles each day and years longer, lifetime means something different today than years ago. Most cars recommend a coolant flush somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 miles. Depending on the car, how you drive, and the type of coolant in your vehicle, you may need yours changed more or less frequently. The key is checking it for proper level and the right color. A mechanic can take it a step further and measure the acidity and freezing and boiling points.
Why Should a Mechanic Change My Coolant?
First, there are strict rules about the disposal of coolant so if you’re not going to be able to catch all of it and dispose of it properly, leave it to a professional. Did you know that even a small amount can be fatal to your pets? Don’t risk their health by allowing a few drops to spill on your driveway. It’s also dangerous on your skin. Most of all, few people have the right tools to completely flush the engine. Without a proper flush, you won’t get the gunk out and you’ll end up wasting money because you’ll have to do it again soon.
If you’re unsure about the fluid maintenance for your car, check your owner’s manual or search your manufacturer’s website for recommendations. Of course, you can also bring your car to Oldsmar Automotive at 3166 Tampa Road and we’ll check your coolant levels and tell you if it’s time for a coolant flush and fresh coolant. Call (727) 784-3501 if you’d like to make an appointment for your coolant flush.