How to Check Coolant Levels

Coolant Reservoir 

Before learning how to check coolant levels, it's important first and foremost to understand the fluid's functionality. In short, coolant transfers heat and regulates the temperature of the engine block and parts. Keeping an adequate amount of coolant in your vehicle is crucial whether you drive a new Ford or a used car. Find out the basics of checking coolant levels and when to change it with Auffenberg Ford Belleville!

 

What to Keep an Eye On

Checking coolant levels is simple, and Waterloo drivers don't even need to open the radiator cap to do so. In fact, all that's necessary is observing the markings on the side of the reservoir. If the coolant isn't at the "FULL" line, it may be necessary to add coolant, or even a 50/50 mix of coolant and water (check your coolant container to determine if it's premixed). Also make sure to inspect the radiator hoses to check for leaks or damage. The engine MUST be cooled before adding more coolant.

 
   
      Car Heat Gauge  

When to See a Service Technician 

One sign that it's time to see a service technician based on your coolant levels is a sludgy appearance. Because coolant is thinner than oil but thicker than water, such an appearance is problematic. It may indicate an internal gasket leak, and may result in the engine overheating or becoming severely damaged.

When to Change Coolant

Given that coolant typically includes some water in the mix, depletion is expected over time. Drivers in the Columbia area should be sure to check coolant levels every three to six months. When you do, pay attention to the color. Blue, green, yellow, or red are normal coolant colors, but brownish coloring or even colorless fluid are reason to flush the cooling system and replace the coolant.

Schedule Service with Auffenberg Ford Belleville

If you need assistance checking your car's coolant levels or have any questions, get in touch with Auffenberg Ford Belleville. Our Service Center's convenient location near Mascoutah makes it easy to seek in-person assistance. Before you visit, discover our service specials!

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