As the thermometers hit single digits (and negatives...) people seek to protect themselves from the cold and keep themselves comfortably warm. Here at Fury Ford Sandton our goal is to protect your car from the cold, and from overheating.
Antifreeze is not only for cold weather; it moderates the temperature of your engine to prevent it from freezing up or boiling over. The term 'engine coolant' is widely used in the automotive industry, which covers its primary function of convective heat transfer. Not many people know that corrosion inhibitors are also added to help protect radiators and prevent scale from building up internally.
Ensure your radiator remains as cool as cucumber with these simple steps:
Warning - Coming in hot!
Never add coolant to a hot engine! If you need to add more liquid, wait until the engine has cooled down to avoid the possibility of being burned or cracking your engine block. Don’t open the caps on either of these systems when the engine is hot; if you do, hot coolant will spray out like a shaken fizzy drink.
Check the level.
Before you even open up your radiator cap, check to see if the liquid reaches the ‘full’ line on the side of the coolant reservoir.
Is it consistent?
If the coolant has a sludgy, oily surface, immediately take the vehicle to your mechanic to check for internal head gasket leakage. We have special equipment for performing this check.
Some coolants are pre-mixed while others need to be mixed with a ratio of 50% water and 50% coolant, so check the bottle to see whether you need to add water or just use it as is. If the liquid is below the ‘full’ line, open the radiator up and add coolant until it’s on the line.
Extra - Check the hoses.
While you’re checking your coolant, feel the radiator hoses, too. They’re the big hoses that go into the top and come out of the bottom of the radiator. If they appear to be compromised by leaking, cracking or bulging then they should be replaced.