Help Your Car Remain Cool for the Summer, Check Your Engine Coolant!

May 16, 2019

Help Your Car Remain Cool for the Summer, Check Your Engine Coolant!

Summertime can be tough on your car’s cooling system. Sitting in traffic on hot days is one of the quickest ways a car can overheat due to no air flowing around the engine. Cars are designed to run hot, but there is such a thing as running too hot. You might be asking yourself, why is this so important, I have never had this problem before?

Coolant leaks or low coolant levels often go unnoticed by car owners and if the engine gets too hot and there is a leak or levels are low, you could be faced with a hefty repair bill.

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What does engine coolant do?

Coolant/Antifreeze is a fluid found in your car radiator.

  • It has a chemical that prevents water from freezing or boiling in both regular and extreme temperatures.
  • It acts as a lubricant for the moving parts within your car.
  • It has anti-corrosive properties that prevent corrosion of metal in the engine.
  • It keeps seals and gaskets flexible, preventing them from hardening or leaking.

How can I check my car coolant levels?

If you want to check your coolant levels, simply open the hood of your car and look for the cap that says ‘engine coolant’. You should be able to see if the liquid reaches the full line on the side of the reservoir without having to open the cap. If it’s just below that line, you could just need a top-up of coolant. The good news is that most engine coolants nowadays can last for up to 60,000 to 100,000 miles before they need to be changed.

How do I know if I have a coolant leak?

If there is a small puddle underneath your car when it is parked up for some time, then you have a coolant leak. If this is something you’ve been experiencing and want to know how much it costs to repair a coolant leak, enter your reg number and we’ll do the rest for you.


It’s recommended that car owners have a coolant flush at least every two years. This is done with a special chemical that can help clear out debris and other build-up found inside the radiator. To make sure you’re ready for summer driving, your coolant needs to be a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water.

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