How do I check my coolant?
The coolant should only be checked when your engine is cold. You should never open the radiator cap when the coolant is hot or it can burn you. To check your coolant level, locate the coolant reservoir bottle. On the side will be a minimum and maximum line. The coolant level should fall between these two lines. If it is below the minimum line, coolant should be added through the radiator cap and the coolant overflow bottle if the vehicle has one.
Coolant should be a 50/50 coolant and water mixture; some coolant comes premixed, and the label should be read to see if you need to add water. Over time, the cooling system builds up moisture which can lead to rust or change the boiling point of the coolant, causing overheating. If the coolant continually goes low, the system should be pressure checked to check for a coolant leak. Coolant should be replaced for maintenance every 5 years or 50,000 miles. Call today to schedule an appointment to have your coolant exchanged!
When should I replace my coolant?
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When should I replace my coolant? Over time, your coolant system becomes contaminated with moisture. This causes the boiling point of the coolant to change, as well as it to lose its rust-inhibiting properties. Over time, this will cause corrosion in the system and will cause the vehicle to overheat. As part of your regular maintenance service, coolant should be replaced every 5 years or 60,000 miles. When the coolant is replaced, the technician will burp the system to remove any air bubbles.
What does winterizing a car mean?
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Each winter, you should have an inspection done on your vehicle to make sure it is ready for the colder weather. So, what does a technician check in the wintertime? The technician will inspect the tires for good tread life as well as proper tire inflation. The battery should be tested for proper cold-cranking amperage as well as reserve capacity. Batteries typically last about 5 years before they will stop holding a charge. The oil should be replaced based on your vehicle’s regular maintenance s
How do I check my power steering fluid?
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With power steering fluid, there are 2 main ways to check the fluid depending on what kind of vehicle you have. If your vehicle has a clear bottle, there will be a minimum and maximum line. When the vehicle is warm, the fluid should be between these two lines. If it is below the minimum, power steering fluid should be added. If the vehicle has a dipstick for the power steering fluid, this should be used to determine if the fluid is full. When the vehicle is warm and off, you should remove the po