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Without radiator coolant, an auto engine would overheat extremely fast, leading to mechanical breakdown and engine failure. While Amsoil Synthetic Oil is the lifeblood of a car’s engine, AMSOIL antifreeze and coolant, such as AMSOIL Low Toxicity Antifreeze and Engine Coolant, is like the water that helps to dispel heat. In fact, coolant mixes with water in a car’s radiator. It prevents the water from freezing and boiling given the extreme temperatures it is exposed to. According to the EPA, the amount of heat energy generated by burning gasoline within an internal combustion engine is between 19 and 20,000 BTUs per gallon, the engine’s cooling system is greatly relied upon to ensure the car functions properly.

What Coolant Does

Coolant consists of a mixture of water and antifreeze that is stored in the car’s radiator. A good rule of thumb according to the SAE is to mix them 50/50, but more antifreeze in the mix increases the boiling point and decreases the freezing point. Generally speaking, a 50/50 mix is more than adequate for the kinds of conditions the engine faces. As the engine burns the gasoline, nearly 1/3 of the energy produced ends up as waste, either in the form of excess heat energy or exhaust. The heat energy that remains in the engine cannot simply be allowed to sit and fester. That is how overheating and eventual breakdown happen.

The coolant mixture is moved through the engine by means of a water pump. The water circulates through the engine, absorbs the excess heat energy and carries it to the radiator. There, through a process of heat exchange, the heat is dispelled, the water is cooled and sent circulating through the system again. The radiator is positioned to receive an inflow of outside air constantly to help cool the water.

Why Coolant is Important

Just like using AMSOIL Synthetic Oil a vital component for the maintenance, without coolant, the heat produced through constant internal combustion would destroy the engine very quickly. Water alone is not entirely adequate to keep the system cool, for the high temperatures inside the motor would eventually boil it off. Your vehicle needs a professional grade formula such as AMSOIL Dominator® Coolant Boostbecause the water in the system would evaporate entirely in time. Likewise, in very cold weather, the water would freeze when the car sat idle, rendering the cooling system useless. For these reasons, the mix of antifreeze is vital to the proper working of the coolant system.

The coolant in a car’s cooling system needs to be inspected every so often with AMSOIL Antifreeze Test Stripsto protect against corrosion. While the main component of antifreeze, ethylene glycol does not expire, any additives to inhibit corrosion eventually do. This makes it a requirement that you change the coolant every 30,000 miles. The radiator, too, must be in good working order. If rust builds up, the heat exchanger may fail to function properly and lead to problems down the road.

An engine’s cooling system is another area that must be looked after from time to time to make sure that the car does not overheat. By some estimates, the majority of mechanical breakdowns are caused by overheating engines. Ensuring that the cooling system components such as the radiator, water pump and thermostat work well and by maintaining the level of the coolant in the system, you can largely avoid such problems.

The Important Coolant Facts

The advent of synthetic oil change, as opposed to a car service, has become popular in recent years resulting in the increase of extended time between servicing. Don't let this lead to oversight of the antifreeze/coolant concentration levels is a major factor of longer term substantial damage.

Antifreeze or engine coolant, which are now one, are depleted in use and need to be changed every two years to replenish the additives that protect the cooling system from water, which pits the metals and causes rust and corrosion. Additives also prevent foaming and electrolysis. Your vehicle's cooling system should have an antifreeze/coolant concentration to water of 50%, up to 70% in colder climates and 35% in hotter climates. Older vehicles inevitably have higher friction levels and are susceptible to generating higher temperatures. Vehicles using Long Life Antifreeze, should be changed every 4 years or in and about 35,000 miles.

The Importance of Antifreeze/Coolant in Your Engine

Alcohol was used in cooling concentrations in the early days and worked well to prevent freezing but achieved nothing in the prevention of corrosion. Chemicals and additives are used in modern solutions to prevent water from both freezing and overheating, particularly in vehicles with air conditioning. The solutions now also give engines protection all year round and do not damage the rubber and plastic components. It also stabilizes the viscosity, preventing thickening and foaming.

Demand for space under the hood has exacerbated in the modern vehicle. When coupled with the consistent introduction of higher performance additions and smaller more powerful engines and the necessity of plastic components, the demands of the modern solutions are much more severe. Average engine temperatures run at 140 degrees Celsius so the proper amount and concentration of coolant in your engine is vital to protect it.

Water running over differing metals develops a small electrical charge that will damage and pit engine surfaces and can cause ruthless damage to your car’s engine components. The additives in coolant neutralize this, but they are depleted over time.

How Do You Know if Your Coolant Level is Correct?

It is not as simple as making sure that it is topped up to the max level in the coolant bottle. As models differ it is best to consult the vehicle manual for the correct type and capacity. Conventional coolant which is Glycol based and blue/green in colour can be checked using a hydrometer but a refractometer is needed for the (red/pink) Long life coolant which is a propylene glycol, as it has a specific gravity much closer to water.With the use of a multimeter it is possible to measure the voltage content. Simply place the earth probe on the negative pole of the battery and place the top of the positive probe in the coolant. A reading above .20 volts is high and damaging, and signifies you need to change your coolant. Alternatively call to your local mechanical garage and have them check it for you.

Antifreeze Concentration Chart

Temperature           Antifreeze/Coolant      Water Concentration
32                                   35%                                                  65%
25                                   33%                                                  67%
20                                   33%                                                  67%
15                                    33%                                                  67%
10                                    33%                                                  67%
5                                      33%                                                  67%
0                                      33%                                                  67%
-10                                   39%                                                  61%
-20                                   44%                                                 56%
-30                                   48%                                                  52%
-34                                   50%                                                  50%
-40                                   52%                                                  48%
-50                                   56%                                                  44%
-60                                   59%                                                   41%
-70                                   64%                                                   36%
-84                                     70%                                                  30%

Your Car Likes to Run Hot

The engine in your car runs best at a fairly high temperature making the efficient operation of the antifreeze and cooling systems essential. Using AMSOIL Passenger Car & Light Truck Antifreeze & Coolantprovides superior heat transfer and excellent protection against corrosion, freezing and boil over. The antifreeze and cooling systems serve the purpose of heating up your engine quickly while removing any excess heat from your engine and keep it at a constant temperature. With a cold engine, the components can wear out faster, making the engine operate less efficiently and emit more pollutants. An inefficient system can produce costly repair bills in the future.

How Does a Cooling System Work?

During operation, your engine burns gasoline of which a little less than a third of the energy released goes into the mechanical operation that runs your vehicle while the rest is converted into heat. Some of the heat generated is released through your tailpipe and the remainder heats up the engine. Without an efficient cooling system, your engine could be heavily damaged due to excess heat in less than 30 minutes of startup.

The cooling system works by moving coolant, such as is a mixture of water and ethylene glycol (C2H6O2), also known as antifreeze, through the engine. Once through the engine, the coolant becomes heated and is moved through the radiator, where its heat is then released into the surrounding air. A well functioning cooling system has the capacity to maintain the engine at less than 100 degrees temperature during continuous 50mph level drives on cool days. Overheating can be detrimental to your vehicle and your wallet.

If your antifreeze and cooling systems in your vehicle are not working properly, the damage that this can cause to your engine can be quite costly. Sometimes an engine overheat can be corrected by simply fixing the cause of the problem. However, overheating all too often can cause consequential damage that could cost you over a thousand dollars to fix. Maintaining your vehicle's fluid levels with 100% Synthetic Oil and lubricants is imperative. By using AMSOIL Synthetic Oil and lubricants, costly repairs can often be avoided and your engine's life extended.

The most common overheating damage is a broken head gasket. The overheating causes the head and the block on the engine to expand differently or at radically different rates, causing the break. This results in high labor costs as well as the high costs of the parts. Another significant overheating damage risk is pre-ignition detonation which is caused by operating a vehicle with an engine temperature that is too high, resulting in damage to various components in your engine which can lead to total engine replacement. Engines are usually not too expensive to replace (depending on the type of vehicle). However, the labor and time involved with installation can be quite costly.

Maintain Your Cool in Canton

Regular maintenance can save you money while keeping your vehicle operating at its best. Cooling system preventive maintenance can make an operational as well as a cost effective difference. While your vehicle may operate perfectly now and it may seem to be a waste of money to do the yearly maintenance, your technician may be able to spot and fix small problems that could become large problems. By simply servicing your vehicle's cooling system each year, as well as making use of AMSOIL Synthetic Oil, such as AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil, you can prevent costly repairs in the future.

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