Antifreeze should be a 50/50 mix with water. If you bought pure coolant, mix with water. If you bought premix (already 50/50) pour in straight.
Your engine should be cold ( to be on the safe side) when adding antifreeze/coolant. i let the car sit overnight and then add it.
No , it's best to add coolant when the engine is cold
Drain and flush the system. Pour in one gallon of pure antifreeze, and then top it off with distilled water. This will provide protection to around -25 Degrees F. If adding fluid to an engine with low coolant, look for the stem sticking up in the inside of the coolant overflow reservoir and add enough 50/50 mix to reach the top of the stem.
My engine coolant is a 50 / 50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water so adding water will just dilute the mixture more and weaken the antifreeze so the coolant mixture will freeze at a warmer temperature and it will reduce the corrosion protection if there is not at least 40 % antifreeze
Yes. Never add pure antifreeze. Pure antifreeze will actually freeze before a 50/50 mix. Add coolant that is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. You can buy it already pre-mixed.
You dilute your antifreeze. If you buy prediluted 50/50 antifreeze, then you'll dilute it more than you're supposed to. If you buy straight 100% antifreeze, you're actually supposed to dilute it yourself by adding an equal amount of water to the antifreeze you put it. Your vehicle will be fine. Stop freaking out. Get a coolant flush.
When you add engine coolant to a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee because the low coolant indicator has come on, you should add to the reserve tank and the radiator if they are low. Sometimes, just the reserve tank needs filled.
Don't mix Dex-Cool with other types of coolant. You will be asking for trouble and paying a premium to get it. See link.
If you're adding coolant to the reservoir often, you have a leak somewhere. Have the cooling system pressure tested. That may force the leak to show up.
Adding coolant to a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am is very easy to do. The coolant can be directly added to the radiator. Make sure the engine is not hot before adding the coolant.
It lowers the freezing point.
( NO ) with the engine cool
sorry, im blondeWell, I'm NOT a blonde.With the engine running, open the hood and you should see an opaque white overflow tank with green (hopefully) antifreeze in it. On the side of the tank are level marks - one for an engine COLD level and the other for the engine WARM or HOT level. Since the engine will be WARM / HOT while you are adding the antifreeze you'll be using this mark as your reference. Open the plastic flap on the top of the overflow tank and slowly add antifreeze until it reaches the lower edge of the WARM/HOT mark on the tank. Close the flap on the tank to preserve system pressure and prevent antifreeze from spraying all over the engine compartment.*** Under no circumstances are you to add coolant directly through the radiator. The system is under pressure and must remain closed. The overflow tank is the only way to safely add antifreeze/coolant to the system.
For the most part, only old cars (pre 1970s.....) require adding coolant directly to the radiator. Newer vehicles have a "reservoir tank" that can be accessed anytime. If the reservoir is below the Full line (or nearing or below the Low line....) - you can add proper antifreeze/coolant (check your owner's manual) directly to this reservoir tank.I've included the eHow article which outlines this process too....not to be confused, some owner's manuals MAY require "radiator flushing" - this is the only exception when you would add antifreeze/coolant to the "radiator" itself....and only when the vehicle has not been driven.
A healthy cooling system should not need coolant added. If you are adding coolant often and don't see any leaks you may have a serious problem with a bad head gasket or cracked head. Have a trusted mechanic check it out soon.
It originally came with green coolant. It is critical that you know what kind of antifreeze your car takes. There are 2 general kinds. Long life and traditional Green coolant. The sensors base data on the correct chemical composition of the one that was originally installed in it. Therefore adding wrong one may cause the ecm to adjust the fuel mixture incorrectly or cause sensor damage. Some vehicles require different long life coolants- GM has Dex-cool, Ford just came out with another, Honda has their own. If the concentration is too great or too weak, it will not work correct. The original coolant in that car was "green coolant". This old style antifreeze should never be mixed with the newer long life coolant, unless it is a "universal" or "global" coolant that is supposedly compatible with both. The coolant capacity is in your owners manual, usually in the "servicing your vehicle" section. And as for the color. Read the temp ratings on the antifreeze bottles, and use whichever you need according to your climate. Be sure to keep in mind the difference between pure antifreeze, and prediluted (50/50 or half water, half antifreeze).
If only adding coolant to a leaking system it is safe because soon you will be forced to drain the coolant and fix a problem
Hi. Of course you can, anti freeze (coolant) is only if you are staying in a country where the temperatures drop below freezing ========================================================== antifreeze mixed 50 / 50 with preferably distilled water raises the boiling point , lowers the freezing point , and provides corrosion protection ( until the corrosion package is " used up " ) Do not exceed 60 % antifreeze , adding extra water will dilute the protection _________________________________________________________________ Considering that water causes rusting, it is very inadvisable to use it as a replacement for coolant. The coolant in your car is designed to prevent rusting and corrosion, so it is highly recommended that you continue to use coolant unless you want to risk some high dollar repairs.
According to the Owners Manual (see "Related Questions"), the engine coolant capacities are:Without rear heating option: 14.8 quarts (14 litres)With rear heating option: 15.9 quarts (15 litres)=========================================================Just adding to the answer :It came from the factory with a 50 / 50 mix of distilled water and thecorrect type of antifreeze ( Ford states not to exceed 60% antifreeze )
No , the engine should be cool before adding any fluids to the engine cooling system
Have you spilt some on the radiator?
It came with "Dex Cool" in it originally. (Red colored fluid). This antifreeze is responsible for softening the seals and causing intake gasket leaks on small block GM vehicles. Flush the dex-cool out as best you can and refill it with antifreeze that is designed to be mixed with either type of coolant. Mixing regular antifreeze with Dexcool unless it states on the container that it is intended to be mixed with it will cause the Dexcool to turn to jello and will plug up your system. Dexcool should be removed and flushed out COMPLETELY before adding any other type of antifreeze.