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Engine Coolant Technology - Cold Climate Needs

An Introduction to Coolant Technology What is Engine Coolant and What Does It Do? An engine coolant is a heat transfer fluid designed to remove excess heat from an internal combustion engine. It also serves to prevent freezing and most importantly protection from corrosion. An operating engine typically converts only one third of the energy derived through the combustion of fuel into work that moves the vehicle. The other two thirds is converted into heat, of which one third goes out with the exhaust. This leaves the remaining third in the engine block, necessitating the need for a coolant to adsorb this heat, transport it to the radiator and dissipate it into to the environment. Through the removal of this heat by the coolant fluid, the engine is able to operate in an efficient manner. Therefore engine coolant is a generic term used to describe fluids that remove heat from an engine, in effect “cooling” the engine. Not all fluids are efficient heat tran ... read more

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How to safely check your radiator coolant level

How to safely check your radiator coolant level

How to Safely Check your Radiator Coolant Level To keep your cooling system cool, check the fluid level in the system and, if necessary, add water and coolant. It’s dangerous to remove the pressure cap from the radiator or coolant recovery system reservoir while the engine is still warm. Because it’s hard to tell just how hot things are inside the engine, follow these guidelines when removing a pressure cap: Never remove the cap from a radiator or coolant recovery system reservoir when the engine is hot. Adding cold water to a hot engine can crack the engine block. If your engine overheats on the highway, get to the side of the road, turn off the ignition, and then wait 15 to 20 minutes for things to cool down. If you can stay safely away from traffic, you can lift the hood to help the heat escape but you should leave the pressure cap alone. If you’re parked where traffic is zooming by, or if you’re concerned about your security if you leave your vehicle, yo ... read more

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Coolant Level Check

It’s pothole season again—that time of year when winter and spring play tug-of-war. That temp change often is resulting in fluctuating temperatures that can wreak havoc on roads. Potholes begin when water seeps through cracks in the road. In colder climates, that water freezes and pushes sections of pavement upward; the eventual thaw results in unsupported pockets. (In warmer climates, soil erosion under the road can cause weak spots.) The continual pressure of vehicles may cause these weak areas to collapse. So what should you do if you hit a pothole? Don’t ignore it—the bump can cause damage that may only get worse. Our suggestion, get it checked. Tires Hitting a pothole can be jarring to your tires, says Cox. And if the force is great enough, the sudden shift of air inside the tire can cause the sidewall to blow out. If the impact has caused your tire to lose air, the vehicle’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light will immediately go on ... read more

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