Water Won't Cut It
Summer is only a few weeks away and we have one question for you, PEAK Nation: When’s the last time you flushed or topped off your coolant?
You can’t remember? You’re scaring us.
Coolant/Antifreeze prevents your engine from overheating at high temperatures and from freezing in cold temperatures. It also keeps surface metals in the radiator clean and protects against harmful rust & corrosion.
In other words, it’s important stuff.
For those of you that may look to cut some corners and use water instead, consider this:
COOLANT HAS A HIGHER BOILING POINT
As temperatures increase (yes, summer), so does your engine’s workload. Warmer temps force your engine to exert more energy (and heat) in order to effectively lower surface tension, cool your radiator and prevent boil over. Coolant is 30% more effective than water at helping to keep your car from spewing fluids on the side of the road.
COOLANT CONTAINS LUBRICATING PROPERTIES
It’s carefully formulated with additives that combat against wear & tear on your cooling system, and help keep the water pump functioning as it was designed to. Water does not.
COOLANT PACKS ANTI-CORROSION ADDITIVES
Coolant is loaded with additives that help prevent rust & corrosion. Water? You guessed it, does not.
So what’s a prepared DIY'er do?
Frequently check and maintain coolant/antifreeze levels and top off when necessary with PEAK Long Life 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant. Dust off that owner’s manual and refresh your memory on how often you should be flushing your cooling system.
OK, and in the event you’re stranded in the middle of the Mojave Desert without coolant and need something to cool down that radiator, use distilled water. Any other type of water contains mineral deposits…not healthy for your radiator.
If you’re ready to flush that cooling system and could use some pointers, check out our How-To video.
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See you in the garage.