Here's how to help your car keep its cool in the summer heat

It's spring time in Eaton, and that means the temperatures are soon going to climb. We can escape into air conditioned homes to beat the heat but our vehicles can't. Here are some tips to help your car keep its cool this summer.

Antifreeze/Coolant usually needs to be mixed

Your vehicle relies on both coolant and water. Pouring undiluted coolant into vehicle's cooling system is not the best idea. While some coolant brands are sold premixed (diluted), many are not. Read the label on your bottle of coolant -- some manufacturers recommend diluting it to a 50/50 ratio, meaning if you buy one gallon of coolant, mix it with one gallon of water before putting it into your vehicle. Likewise, using water with no coolant won't be good for your vehicle; the coolant is there to protect your system from corrosion all year (and acts as antifreeze during the winter). Using a properly mixed coolant allows your vehicle's cooling system to transfer heat to the radiator.

Keep your eye on the coolant level

A good habit is to perform a weekly check of your coolant level. You can see the level by looking at the translucent overflow tank in the engine bay. Typically, overflow tanks have indicator marks on them to let you know if you're low on coolant. If you can see that you're low, fill the tank up to the "full" mark on the overflow tank with either premixed coolant, or a 50/50 mix of water with undiluted coolant.

Your cooling system will need some professional help every few years

Coolant does degrade and it also picks up contaminants from every day driving. You'll need to refer to your vehicle owner's manual to find out how often your coolant system should be flushed to remove the contaminated and degraded fluid. Most older vehicles require a flush every two years. Newer cars and trucks can go up to five years before you need to bring them in to the SVG Service Department for a flush. Ignoring this recommended maintenance can result in a damaged radiator or a clogged heater core. If that happens, you'll likely also end up with a failed thermostat and water pump.

Red and blue make purple but pink and green don't mix

If your vehicle has pink coolant in it, do NOT add green coolant to it. Not even as a temporary fix. Likewise, if you have green coolant, don't mix pink with it. If you do mix the two, the resulting combination of fluids will become thick and unable to properly cool your car. Overheated engines can cause severe damage. Only use the type of coolant recommended in your owner's manual.

No matter what, SVG is here to help

If you're unsure how to check your coolant, or know that it's been a few years since the system has been flushed, give the Service Technicians at SVG Jeep a call. The certified, professional technicians know exactly how to take care of your cooling system so that you get maximum performance out of your ride.

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