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Winter Auto Maintenance: The Importance of Engine Coolant or Antifreeze

What is Engine Coolant?

Antifreeze, also known as engine coolant, is a half-and-half mixture of glycol and water designed to circulate throughout your engine block, keeping temperatures stable no matter the climate.

Why not just use Water?

Yes, it is true that water actually transfers heat better than coolant, but antifreeze is designed so it doesn’t freeze in the winter and it doesn’t reach the boiling point in the hot summer. Furthermore, antifreeze also has special additives to help prevent rust and corrosion.

Now, can water do all that?

When should I add Antifreeze?

You should check your coolant levels periodically. If the recovery tank is empty, you will need to add a mixture of antifreeze/water to the radiator.

Is it important to change Antifreeze?

Yes, it is very important to change your antifreeze every two to three years or 24,000 to 36,000 miles. Over time, the static charge of the engine turns the coolant acidic. When this happens, the now acidic coolant will begin eating away at the aluminum pipes in your engine, making your engine vulnerable to problems.

What do I do if I have Engine Problems?

Auto Stop Limited is your one stop shop for all your Baltimore auto repair needs. We provide affordable engine repair services to fix both old and new engines. Our auto mechanics use the latest in diagnostic technology to get you and your car on the road safely and quickly.

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