Coolant, also known as antifreeze, is the most integral part of the engine cooling system. The engine would overheat or freeze without it. So if you notice any leaks around your vehicle, call 12th Street Auto Care Center for a professional coolant leak repair.
Coolant can last about three years, depending on the kind of engine coolant you purchase:
- Inorganic Acid Technology (IAT)
- Organic Acid Technology (OAT)
- Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT)
Antifreeze is generally a mixture of ethylene glycol and water, or sometimes propylene glycol and water. Liquid coolant is able to absorb the heat from the engine as it passes through the water jackets within the engine cooling block, and either travels directly back to the water pump, to the radiator, or to the heater core, which transfers the heat in the coolant to the cabin of your car, truck, van or SUV.
Because of the chemical mixture, the coolant won’t freeze and expand in the winter, which would cause your engine to break under very low temperatures. It is crucial to change your antifreeze and check its consistency. Unchecked antifreeze can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle’s engine.
Here are a few ways you can maintain your engine cooling system, and know when to call 12th Street Auto Care Center for a professional ASE-certified mechanic to perform a coolant leak repair.
Napa Service Assistant
You don’t have to be an expert to know that preventive maintenance is the best way to make sure your vehicle is running properly. Use our interactive vehicle tool to learn about the maintenance and services your NAPA AutoCare Center can provide.