Why do I need a Coolant Change?

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A coolant change is one of those jobs that quite often flies under the radar when it comes to car maintenance. Yet, it’s not something we should ignore lightly. It’s incredibly important to maintain your coolant, especially if it’s been a while since you checked or changed it. But why is this the case?

What is coolant?

Your coolant performs a vital role. It protects your car’s radiator from overheating in the summer and cracking in the winter when you mix it with anti-freeze. If your car doesn’t have coolant in it, or it’s not the best quality, you could cause considerable damage to your engine. Every now and then, check the container of coloured liquid on the left-hand side of your engine bay. Consult your vehicle handbook if it doesn’t look obvious. Should the liquid be too far below the maximum line, or you’re not sure it’s the right colour, it might need topping up or changing altogether.

Why is a coolant change necessary?

The effectiveness of coolant diminishes over time. The longer you leave it between coolant changes, the more likely rust and corrosion will develop in your coolant tank. This affects the quality of your coolant and it’s ability to protect your radiator from damage.

When should I invest in a coolant change?

During a coolant change, one of our expert mechanics will flush, drain and then refill your coolant system with the right amount of the correct coolant. It’s best to carry out a coolant change every two years or every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. If you stick to this, your coolant will always be well topped up and in great condition to protect your radiator and engine.

If you can’t remember the last time your vehicle had a coolant change, why not book one with Uckfield Motor services today? You can book online anytime and find a date and time that suits you!

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