Many times we put things into our vehicles that we know they need, but don’t really know why. It can be helpful to have a better understanding of the purpose of fluids and parts so we can make better decisions about how we maintain our cars. Coolant is a very common fluid and one that is essential to the operation of your vehicle.
What Does Coolant Do?
Coolant is a blend of water and antifreeze. It is responsible for keeping the engine cool while you drive. Without coolant, your engine would overheat. It can also prevent water from freezing. An internal combustion engine produces heat energy that falls between 19 and 20,000 BTU per gallon. The cooling system helps maintain temperatures to prevent damage.
Once it’s in your car, coolant will move through the engine with the help of a water pump. The water circulates to absorb heat then carries it to the radiator where it is expelled through a heat exchange process. Outside air flows into the radiator constantly to cool the liquid. After cooling, the water goes back through and repeats the process.
How Do I Put Coolant in My Car?
There should be a coolant reservoir in your vehicle. You should not pour coolant directly into the radiator. Instead, pour it into its designated container to the level indicated by the manufacturer. The reservoir should have its own cap. Simply lift the cap, add the coolant, and then replace the cap.
Coolant Safe Handling Tips
The following tips will help ensure that you and your family remain safe around your vehicle.
- Do not add coolant with the engine on. Always turn your vehicle off and allow it to cool before adding fluids.
- Never pour coolant directly into the radiator. Coolant should only go into its designated reservoir.
- Repair any leaks or blockages as soon as possible to prevent malfunction and to contain potentially hazardous chemicals.
- Always reapply the cap on the coolant container tightly and put away when not in use. Do not leave out where children or pets can reach it.
- Clean up coolant spills as soon as possible. This can attract pets and animals. If ingested, coolant can kill.
- Only fill the coolant reservoir to the recommended full line. Do not overfill.
- Wash hands after handling coolant to prevent accidental ingestion or irritation.
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