One very common maintenance item for vehicles is a coolant flush. So why do I need one? Coolant for internal combustion engines is a combination of water and antifreeze. The antifreeze component is a chemical formulation to not only prevent freezing of the coolant in cold weather but also raises the boiling point of the solution and lubricates the water pump. Today's engines will always overheat if you put plain water in your radiator. Engines operate more efficiently above the boiling point of plain water. That is why all engines use coolant. The last thing you want is for your coolant to boil. If it does your engine will overheat and you are stuck wherever you are. All vehicles today have this coolant solution.
Like any solution, the additives wear out from heat and other conditions. To prevent any overheating of the engine or damage to the water pump, it is necessary to completely change the coolant just like you change your oil. Most shops call this a "coolant flush" because the cooling system is back-flushed to clean out any solid impurities in the cooling system. The recommended time to do a coolant flush is every 2 years or 30,000 miles. Check your owner's manual for exact time/mileage recommendations for your specific vehicle. Some manufactures use an updated coolant that is orange.
At Express Oil we use a new green colored coolant that meets or exceeds the specifications of all manufacturers. So you don't have to have an orange coolant. Green is the same thing.
At Express Oil, 710 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, we can do this quickly and you can make an appointment. We charge far less than our competitors.
Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers Blog
Written By John Grassia
Published By MORBiZ
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