How Do I Check My Coolant Level?
Coolant (also know as antifreeze) is a very important engine fluid that helps your vehicle stay at an optimal running temperature no matter the climate. Whether winter or summer, a 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water works all year round. (Pre-mixed jugs of coolant can be found at all auto supply stores, but you can mix your own, too.)
Some signs that you may be low on coolant are that the temperature gauge is in the hot range and that your vents wont blow hot air.
CAUTION! Never open your radiator or coolant reservoir when the engine is hot and running because the pressurized contents could eject and seriously injure you.
Step 1 Visual Inspection
With your car cold and resting on even ground, open the coolant overflow reservoir (typically a translucent tank on the side of your engine bay) and check to see that the fluid level is between the “Hot” and “Cold” lines.
Also take note if there is any off-coloured residue or impurities floating in your tank, as this would determine that you need a coolant flush. (Note: coolant is usually red, green, blue, or yellow coloured.) Furthermore, oil in your coolant might mean that you have a head gasket leak.
Step 2 Time to Top Up
If the level is low, pour your pre-mixed coolant into the reservoir until it reaches the “Cold” line. And dont forget to put your cap back on once you’re done!
Step 3 Clean up Any Spills
Since coolant is poisonous to animals, make sure you clean up any spilled coolant on the ground and around your engine bay. Then be sure to recycle that empty container!
Step 4 Inspect Your Hoses
Before you shut your hood, give the hoses coming from the top and bottom of your radiator a look. If you spot any cracks, bulges, or the hoses feel particularly “squishy,” they will need to be replaced.
Your coolant system is supposed to be a closed system, so if you find yourself having to regularly top up your coolant, you probably have a coolant leak. Get your car, truck, or SUV repaired fast by booking an appointment online at River City Nissan in Kamloops, BC.