How To Check Coolant Levels

Pouring engine  coolant

To understand this entire process, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of what coolant is. So, what is coolant? Coolant is one of many fluids that flow throughout your car. Coolant’s specific function is to transfer heat and regulate the engine’s temperature. Whether you drive a new or used vehicle in Deer Park, coolant is an important aspect of keeping your vehicle running well. This is why it’s important to check your coolant levels often. Wondering how to check coolant levels? Our service department at Bayway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can show you how.

What to Look For When Checking Coolant Levels

To check coolant levels, you don’t have to have the radiator cap open. If you look on the side markings, there’s a line that reads “full.” This line acts as a marker, and if your coolant is at this marker, then you’re all set. If your coolant is below this marker, then you’ll need to open the radiator cap to add some coolant. You can add straight coolant or a 50/50 mix of coolant/water depending on your owner’s manual.

If you need to get more coolant, you can usually find them at our parts store near La Porte or any local parts store. If your owner’s manual says that you need a 50/50 mixture of coolant/water, then be sure to read the label on the bottle of coolant you get. The label will tell you whether the coolant is premixed already. It’s important to know that you should wait until the engine has cooled down before pouring in coolant.

When You Should See a Service Technician

Compared to oil, coolant is a thinner liquid. However, coolant is also thicker than water. Be sure to check your coolant regularly for changes in its appearance. If you notice the coolant is starting to look sludgy, contact a service technician immediately, as this can be a sign of an internal gasket leak. This will cause the coolant to leak, leading to the engine overheating quickly. Schedule a service with Bayway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Houston online.

When You Should Change Coolant

You know how to check coolant levels, but how often should you check them? It’s safe to check your coolant levels about every three to six months. Good coolant colors include blue, green, yellow, or red, depending on the coolant. If you start to notice a brownish or colorless liquid, you’ll need to flush the system and replace the coolant.

Learn More Service Tips at Bayway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Now that you know what coolant is and how to check coolant levels, you’re all set to replace your coolant and get back on the Pasadena, TX roads. What is coolant? It’s a vital component of your car’s temperature regulation and should be checked every three to six months. Contact us to schedule a service or learn more service tips and tricks.

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