DID YOU KNOW WHY RADIATOR COOLANT IS IMPORTANT IN WINTER AS WELL AS IN SUMMER TIME?

Without coolant, the heat produced through constant internal combustion would destroy the engine very quickly. Water alone is not entirely adequate to keep the system cool, for the high temperatures inside the motor would eventually boil it off. In time, the water in the system would evaporate entirely.

Likewise, in very cold weather, the water would freeze when the car sat idle, rendering the cooling system useless. For these reasons, the mix of antifreeze is vital to the proper working of the coolant system.

The coolant in a car’s cooling system needs to be inspected every so often to protect against corrosion. While the main component of antifreeze, ethylene glycol does not expire, any additives to inhibit corrosion eventually do.

Pay attention to these “Coolant” tips:

  1. The primary ingredients in coolant are ethylene glycol (EG) and/or propylene glycol (PG). These are the active ingredients that allow the coolant mixture to remain in liquid form over such a wide temperature range.
  2. Depending of the “Coolant” quality, change the coolant regularly following cycles of miles.
  3. The radiator, too, must be in good working order. If rust builds up, the heat exchanger may fail to function properly and lead to the problems.
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