How often should you have a engine coolant done on a car?
About every 36000 miles or so. Even thou you have DexCool, which is recommended every 100k miles, don't do it. DexCool is death for a engine. Wish GM would just get rid of it, and go back to the good old reliable antifreeze.
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Answer . If your engine has been damaged it may be worthwhile to purchase a remanufactured engine. A 1986 Buick Riviera currently has 102,000 on a remanufactured engine(ReCon)..
1. Find out where it's leaking from. a. After driving it, look under the hood before it cools down to see if steam is coming from anywhere. (including the radiator cap - mine leaked there) b. before you start it in the morning, see if there's a puddle under the car. Note what's above it. 2. If the l…eak is from a hose or other connection, replace the hose and/or tighten or replace the connecting clamps. 3. If it is leaking from the radiator or engine, try using a "stop leak" chemical solution. There are different kinds. Start with the easiest to use. 4. If the leak is in the radiator and too big for the chemical to fix, fix the radiator or have it fixed at a radiator shop. Replace it as a last resort. 5. If the engine is leaking and no level of chemical "stop leak" will fix it, see if a freeze plug is blown out. If not, you may be in big trouble. Answer Just to add in: Check for a faulty head gasket. 1. Check oil for coolant, coolant for oil. 2. Smell the exhaust, is it sweet? I hope not. 3. Check coolant reservoir, is it always empty even though you fill it? 4. Check spark plugs for coolant, is the engine running rough? Coolant may be getting into the combustion chamber, by the way, not good for the engine at all. 5. Has the car overheated, or come close? If so you could have blown your head gasket. If you find your haed gasket is blown then take it to a mechanic as soon as possible, it will only get worse and is bad for your engine. STOP-LEAK is only a temporary solution, just to get to the shop or to work and back until you can come up with the money. Answer You said leaking right? That means you see it on the ground which is very good because when you don't see it, you might have the above mentioned head gasket issue which is very bad. The most likely place these cars leak is from the water pump. When hoses go, they go, so it probably isn't a hose. Crawl under the engine with a flashlight and look up under there at the water pump connection of the lower radiator hose. If the lower radiator hose has fluid on it, it is 99% likely that your water pump is sending a message of impending failure. Replace it, cheap and easy on this car. 1. Drain radiator using petcock or by removing lower radiator hose at the radiator. Remember, anti-freese is poison and will kill many animals including dogs, cats, etc since it tastes sweet so dispose of properly. 2. Remove the four bolts that hold the variable speed fan propeller. You have to do this before you remove the serpentine belt or it will just spin. 3. Remove serpentine belt by sticking a 1/2" drive breaker bar into the square by the alternator and pulling back the spring tensioner, you can then pull off the belt. You might draw a diagram or take a digital picture first in case your photographic memory happens to fail when you go to reinstall the belt. 4. Remove the bolts that hold the water pump on. If you look, you will know which they are. Once they are removed, you will be perplexed because the water pump still seems stuck on and it is. First try to grab it and wiggle, some come off this way, if not, take a rubber hammer or something and give it a few taps whicle holding it. It will break loose with a gush of green blood and if you are not holding it, you might punch a hole in your radiator. I sometimes cut a peice of cardboard to put in front of the radiator to protect it but if you are careful it is not needed. 5. Clean the mounting surface to remove the old gasket material from the block. I use a sharp chisel and a razor blade but go easy as you can scratch it if you are not careful. Then clean all the bolt threads with a wire brush. 6. Coat the mounting surface of the new water pump with Blue RTV, let dry 10-15 minutes. Press the gasket to the RTVed surface and coat that with Blue RTV. Let it dry 15 minutes. Coat all of the bolt threads with a light coating of Blue RTV as some of the bolts go into the water jacket. 7. Put it back on following a reverse procedure. 8. When done, double check the four propeller bolts are tightened after you put the serpentine belt back on since if that comes loose....... 9. Fill the radiator with new coolant. There are several kinds available and not all can be mixed so check it out. It should take a gallon at this point. 10. Put the heater on max temeperature and fan and start engine with the radiator cap off. After the engine reaches temperature, the thermostat will open and you will see the fluid drop way down out of sight and the flow begin. With the engine running, fill the radiator with more coolant up to about an inch or so below the neck. Recap and then top of reserviour with water after driving it for awhile. Just saved yourself $400 ( Full Answer )
Answer Not sure what year and type vehicle you have. Some vehicles (older) you were able to manually flash the codes. With the 96 and newer vehicles need a scan tool of some sort. You can purchase a OBDII Code Reader for about $100, which will able you to read and erase codes. Get one that is able …to read CAN protocol which is now being used by newer vehicles. The previous OBDII protocol being used was a ISO. This will enable you to read the Generic OBDII side, NOT the OEM side. You would need a OEM compliant tool. If you would take the vehicle in, the usually cost for a diagnostic read would be $65.00, but there some car parts stores that will read the code for free, but they would like to sell you a part that might or might not fix the problem. First read the code then find out the possibilties of not fixing the problem. Answer Found on this or another web site that disconnecting battery cable and reconecting solved this person's problem. I tried it. It has worked so far. J I tried disconnecting the battery on my Mazda 2002 millenia. Yeah it worked, for only a short while. When the odometer registered 500 (additional miles) the check engine light re-sets and comes back on). ( Full Answer )
Answer . In a car with a properly working cooling system, the coolant temp should be around the same whether the car is idling or running. There should be little variation. The car should warm up to that temperature quickly after a cold start. The temp would depend on your car make and sometimes… engine size and characteristics. In general, however, it should be a little lower than boiling. For example, the normal operating coolant temp on a jeep grand Cherokee is 210 degrees Fahrenheit. ( Full Answer )
Answer . \nshould be the same temperature as your thermostat rating...generally around 190 to 195 degrees.
Wheel alaignment frequency . If you are noticing any uneven wear on outer edges or center of tread even though you have been diligent in keeping air pressures correct and have not hit a curb with any force or found a mega pothole. Also good idea before purchasing any new set of tires
Answer . as long as its the same color as whats in there now it doesn't matter. just don't mix colors. also mix 50/50 with water.
Typically, a rubella titer is done before the first pregnancy. Chickenpox titer may be done at this time, also. Sometimes these tests are required before getting certain types of work. It is not necessary to get these tests repeated; once is enough.
Answer . The engine temperature rises until it get so hot the internal oil burns away and then the engine locks up and stops. Then you call a wrecker and get ready to spend a lot of money or abandon the car where it sits.
Answer . Drain existing coolant from the plug at the bottom or rear of the radiator Flush radiator with clean water until water runs clear Re-fill radiator slowly (to prevent an airlock) with a mixture of 50/50 water and antifreeze Run engine to normal operating temperature with heater on … Re-check coolant level ( Full Answer )
For modern vehicles: Generally Every 5 years regardless of distance travelled. That applies for pretty-much every vehicle I've seen in the last 10 years. Read the manufacturers recommendations and then assess your particular circumstances. Generally, if I've got a car that i'm unsure of …it's maintenance upkeep, I'll go through and replace all such fluids, replace filters and give the car a good mech-check. ( Full Answer )
water level should be to the water level indicated on the recovery tank when the engine reaches operating tempature. Look real close to the side of the reservoir - you'll find very hard-to-see level markings: "Full Cold" and "Full Hot" (or similar terms). Those are your level targets when topping… off the coolant. There are illustrations and instructions for your specific model year in the Owners Manual - along with anti-freeze specification. (See "Related Questions" below for free online copies of 1996 and new Ford product Owners Manuals!) This is also a good time to think about how long has it been since the anti-freeze was changed. If it is brown or otherwise discolored, you should seriously consider having the engine flushed and filled with new coolant. See "Related Questions" below for more about radiator draining and flushing... ( Full Answer )
It all depends on various factors.. Is the car garaged? Is it driven daily? Is it washed regularly? What season is it?. Rule of thumb: When the water stops beading on your vehicle, it's time for a new coat of wax.. This can be anywhere from 1 week to a few months.
How often should the cam belt be changed on a 1996 Vauxhall Astra Estate car with a GM 1.7 DTL Diesel Engin?
There are various recommendations from 60000-150000 km. If you want to be on the safe side, use 60000 km limit. Always check the belt visually after purchasing the car. Take off the airfilterbox. Take off the 6 mm bolts that hold the belt cover. Start the engine and check how the belt move…s on the left side of the camsprocket. If there is any hopping movement, change the belt, water pump and tensioner immediately. If the belt moves nicely, remember that the tensioner and water pump may last only 100000 km or less. So the nice running of the belt does not guarantee that the motor lasts long. ( Full Answer )
no you shouldn't butt different cars may suggest different ratios of coolant to water , or you could just buy the pre mixed , you will probably be safe
For most cars, you can use Prestone Green; it's an all purpose antifreeze that is supposed to be compatible with multiple manufactures. But if you have access to your owner's manual, there should be a section that recommends fluid types. You should always use the recommended fluids, as some of th…e universal stuff can have interactions with the original fluid. Also the universal fluids may not have the same protective additives that your engine requires. ( Full Answer )
Check the PCV valve and system for proper operation. Do a wet and dry compression check to determine if you have bad rings.
If you've got a REALLY big set of tools, it could be. \n. \nCoolant in the engine oil is caused by one of three major things--bad head gasket, cracked head, cracked block. IOW, you'll need to do some major repairs to the car right away.\n. \nIf it's a great car except for the engine, and you can g…et the price down low enough, it might not be a bad buy. If you're buying a car so you can use it today, walk away from this one. ( Full Answer )
It should be all the time in the container. It has special marks MIN and MAX, the coolant level should not be lower than the MIN mark and not higher than MAX. You have to add coollant when the engine is cold.
Maintaining the fluids in the cars is important. A person has tokeep replacing the coolant fluid because the car is using it orbecause there is a leak.
The engine could overheat and destroy itself. It's a very bad idea to drive a car with no cooling system.
Alignments the manufacture suggests every 6 months. I work at a place that does alignments and I only do them if I see irregular tire wear (might be too late at this point), or if the truck pulls, but the alignment could be out and the vehicle goes straight down the road. So there is no Good answer.… I would at least get an alignment done when new tires are installed and/or new front end parts are done. Hope this helps. ( Full Answer )
This is used to keep the motor from overheating and from freezing. Thus the name "antifreeze" and "coolant".
It is a lot safer to do it that way.. There will be no pressure in the system when it is cold.. So the likelyhood of scalding yourself is at a minimum.
Answer Because engine coolant mixes have gone through a number of changes over the years, a very good source of information would be the Owners Manual for the specific model year. Many Ford products call for Ford "Gold", HOAT based coolant or look for "G-05". See "Related Questions" below for more… Cooling system capacity Refer to the Owners Manual for specific information to the model year. Generally speaking, expect it to be in the 10-12 quarts range. That's a total of 50/50 mix of coolant + water. Answer . The best way for me to answer that is if you open the hood and look at the coolant reservoir, the color of the top of the cap is usually what you put in it. . For example, green on cap indicates conventional, green. . Red or Orange on cap, dexcool, . Gold, or yellow is Ford and Chrysler. . So the best thing to do is look at your cap. If for some reason you have an after market cap on your reservoir, then put Prestone muliti / universal coolant. It is made to mix with all types of coolant. I Flushed my radiator and just used that to refill the whole system. . ( Full Answer )
if its a 3.1v6,then it is a intake manifold gasket problem, the 3.1 a noted for this!! check to see if gasket is bad.
Depending on the type of device that you are using to make your backups, backups can be quite time consuming, and are somewhat inconvenient to both produce, and to restore from. There is a third step that virtually NOBODY does, which is actually essential, at least from time to time, and certainly t…he very first time. That step is to VERIFY that the backup is able to be used! I hate to say that even DAT tapes would sometimes not work all that well, and if I hadn't TESTED the backup, I would have never known that they weren't working.. Let's say you have a CDR for a backup device. I've just recently found that my wife's CDR recorder is also a DVD recorder. I suspect that because of the greater data density on a DVD that it isn't QUITE as reliable as a CD burner as the manufacturer expected (HP). Consequently, I am totally unable to use CDs burned on her computer for ANY other computer, and sometimes, not even on hers. If I had ONLY this device as a backup, and if I never tested them, I would not have any idea that the "backups" that I was making were useless the day they were burned.. Factoring in YOUR personal tolerance for making, testing and becoming familiar with the process, decide which is worse, making a backup, or LOSING the entire work you've done since the last USABLE backup. My rule of thumb is to "Make a backup whenever you'd feel badly if you lost all the work you've done since the last, KNOWN usable backup.". If you are a business and have more than a very few transactions per day, there is no question. You make a backup EVERY DAY! That is simply a no brainer. It costs SO little to make a backup, and the inconvenience to you and to your customers is SO great if you lose your financial data, that you simply do it, just as you have your trash hauled off weekly.. You can be skillful about it. I used an interesting system to reduce my media expense, which back in the 90's was more of a factor than it is today.. With 5 tapes (or other reusable media), I could keep my data fairly secure. Call the media A,B,C,D, and E.. Monday Use media A. Tuesday Use media B. Wednesday Use media A. Thursday Use media B. Friday Use media C. End of month, use media D or E. Take home media E or D, (the opposite of what you just recorded above).. This gives you a backup that is never more than a day old, insurance against defective backups that is never more than 1 week old, an end of month closing media, which is alternated with the offsite backup (in case of fire or theft) that is no more than 2 months old. With this system, you can recover from all but the very worst disasters very quickly. Naturally, you need to test the media periodically, to detect early signs of wear. If you have a "verify" mode, set that to on, and your software should be able to tell you whether or not you have a reliable copy or not.. Take an idle computer system (get one for free at a recycle shop if need be) and once or twice a year, perform a "restore" on your sacrificial system, and operate it for a few minutes. If all your data is intact, and you see nothing out of place, you are probably being proactive enough.. Watch out for viruses! If you GET a virus, your backup WILL be infected! The more backups you make WITH an infected computer, the harder it will be to eliminate the virus entirely. The virus ISN'T gone until the backups are clean also.... Swapping a hard drive is probably the fastest backup you could make. It involves some inconvenience and expense to set up, but is probably a good deal easier than restoring backup media. I saw a 1.0 TERRABYTE external drive on 2009Jun03 at Staples for $129.99 + tax, which was a closeout price. I suspect that a business could buy 5 of those and forget about any problems for a LONG time! ( Full Answer )
breast exam should be done every three months, let your health be your priority check your deodorant if its contains alluminium ziconnium, it causes cancer and the nearest place to your armpit is the breast! Which result to breast cancer.
Always use antifreeze. Water does not have any water pump lubricants or anti corrosion properties, antifreeze coolant does.
Off and cooled down. Putting cold coolant into a hot block can crack it. And it can damage the radiator, as well as spitting the coolant back at you.
Water is not used in most modern cars, or at least is not recommended. If it is used, it is because it is cheap and easy to find and will do the job .
you should lube you car eg the oil enging every year when you have a service. if you dont change engin oil once a year. lube up door and any other hinges you have on our car every other time you wash your car. WD40 or any other item similar to that will do the trick. make sure you put the right engi…n oil in your car. this can be found at you local halford sore on the viceal manual. purchas of oil is also available there to good luck. ( Full Answer )
It depends on the vehicle but you should have the a/c system checked at least once every year for both performance as well as for freon pressure and its always best that you go to an independent a/c shop and not the dealer or a chain store outfit...............
In most cases a 50/50 mix of straight coolant and water is sufficient. Read the directions on the coolant container and adjust to your weather needs.
no there is a process that can be done to un freeze it and Analyze it from there .
It depends on your car manufacturer. You can check your owners manual or service manual to get the details. Different car manufacturers may be suggesting different intervals.
For a typical passenger car or truck. Every three months or three thousand miles, whichever comes first. Check your owners manual for proper service intervals.
It should be up to the cold mark ( at least that's the way it is on my vehicle )
No, but it will effect the heater. The only fluid that will effect the AC will be your refrigerant known as R-134a
Yes, technically speaking, you can start the engine without coolant. BUT... with no coolant in it, you take the risk of the engine overheating and permanently damaging parts in the engine that are critical for it to operate at all. I stress the importance of the coolant because of the inherant risk …of having a false sense of security - i.e. "it's okay if I do this", especially since most people don't just it move in and out of the garage and the shut it off right away. They forget about it even just for a "moment" which turns into a few minutes. Before you know it, the engine is overheating and then you have to shut it down anyway to add the coolent you needed to add all along. If the damage is bad enough at that point, you're looking at replacing costly engine parts. So to avoid the reprecussions of being too lazy to do it right the first time, just put the coolent in it and be done with it. It's the best way to go. ( Full Answer )
It is done at your doctor's office during a routine physical. The doctor's gloved finger is inserted into the rectum to check for abnormalities. You should get a routine physical yearly.
On older Fords, the vacuum advance in the distributor has an insulated wire that breaks over time, but still maintains some continuity, until the wire is flexed during braking, as when you come off the freeway, and the engine stalls. The car restarts and is set to go until you brake again. A real to…ugh fix to find as the wire shows continuity when stopped (and so allows the car to restart). Good luck. Hope is helped. ( Full Answer )
Yes , on my 1995 Ford Explorer XLT there is a cold fill mark . When the engine is cold the coolant level should be up to the mark
on admission into the pacu, 30 minutes after admission into the pacu, and at 60 minutes
It will be safe to drive short distance as long as the car does not over heat. You can top up the engine coolant or use water/coolant mixture till you fix the problem which could be leaking hose pipe. leaking radiator or faulty radiator cap
The check engine light is on because the ECU (computer) has detected a problem with the emissions system. Have the ECU scanned with an OBD2 scanner to retrieve the code that has been set. This code will help you determine what the problem is. Ignoring the light may end up costing you more money down… the road. Have this looked into by a professional ASAP. ( Full Answer )
In the car the grill that we see in front have a radiator behind it that helps cooling the engine.As you might be knowing that the engine burns the fuel to work so the engine is needed to be kept at a temperature at which the fuel do not catch fire until unless the spark plug ignite the fuel. **Co…olant keeps the engine at a normal temperature lower than the temperature at which the fuel in the engine ignite. ( Full Answer )
There is no need to use straight coolant in your engine in thewinter. You can buy coolant premixed in any auto supply store.Unless you live in an area that is colder than average or staysbelow zero, that's what you should use.
If a modern fuel injected engine is serviced and maintained according to the maintenance schedule listed in the owner's manual and only quality OEM type parts are used it can easily last 200,000 or more miles without any major problems. When it does need a major overhaul you can have the engine rebu…ilt and it will be good for another 100,000 miles or more. Unless you neglect an engine or it has a factory defect you will never have to actually replace the engine. Depending on the maintenance and care it has received during its use, 200,000 to 300,000 miles. ( Full Answer )
How often should you drive a car and how long each drive to keep it's engine and computer parts in best condition?
If it's kept in a garage, a 30 minute drive once a month should be fine. If it's kept out doors in the elements, once every two weeks should be fine. This should keep moving parts lubricated and the battery up to snuff.