Antifreeze/coolant keeps your engine cool in warm weather and keeps it from freezing up in the winter. It also has another purpose: preventing corrosion in your engine. There are several different types of coolant available, which may lead to some confusion about which is right for your car. In winter, you will want a product that keeps your engine from freezing up and that will not damage components of your cooling system. A car repair training course can teach you more about antifreeze and the way it helps protect your vehicle.
Choosing an Antifreeze Product for Winter
Here are a few factors to keep in mind when choosing an antifreeze product:
- Water to Coolant Ratio
You need to mix antifreeze with water. Most vehicles need a specific ratio of water to antifreeze in order to work properly. In the winter, the correct ratio is usually 60% antifreeze to 40% water. This mix will protect your engine from everything except the most extreme winter weather. If you live in a very cold climate, you may want to use a 70% antifreeze to 30% water.
- Avoid Using Only Water
Water alone can work in the short term, or in an emergency, but you should add antifreeze to the mix as soon as possible. Water by itself will not protect your engine from overheating in the summer or from freezing up in the winter. Also, water doesn’t have the corrosion-inhibiting ingredients that most types of antifreeze have.