How Do I Check The Coolant Level?
Checking the coolant level in your car is a fairly simple process. The first thing to remember is to check the coolant level when the car is cold. In most cars today, there is an opaque coolant overflow tank located next to the radiator. The opaque tank is made of white plastic, which allows you to see the inside and be sure that the coolant is at a safe level. You will also find that there are markings on the side to tell you how high or low the level is.
- You should be checking your coolant level a few times per year to make sure that there are no leaks in your system.
- If you find that you are low on coolant you will need to top it off. Engines take a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water, which allows your radiator the optimum boiling or freeze protection that your engine needs. You can generally purchase this pre-mixed.
- To add the coolant, just unscrew the cap of the opaque overflow reservoir and add the mixture until it reaches the full mark.
- After that, all you need to do is replace the cap, make sure that it is on tight, and you're ready to roll!
- Be sure to change your coolant every couple of years (following the manufacturer's recommendations).
Please keep in mind that most coolants are toxic, and can be fatal to those who come in contact with it.
- If you spill any on the ground you should make sure that you wipe it up.
- Do not leave the container lying around!
- Follow the recommendations on the container to dispose of it properly.
- If you find that you are consistently filling your coolant and levels continue to be low, this may mean that you have a leak. This may be a minor fix (such as replacing the radiator hose) or it could be more serious.