Coolant is necessary for your vehicle because it controls and regulates the temperature of your engine under all driving conditions including hot and cold weather. It’s recommended that you have your coolant changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, but check your owner’s manual for the specific recommendations for your model.
Over time coolant can deteriorate even if it’s sold as long-life coolant. Coolant can be tested, but most drivers will have a difficult time determining if it’s still good. If that coolant becomes more acidic as time goes on, it can lose its properties to inhibit rust and start to cause corrosion.
That corrosion can cause damage to your vehicle’s radiator, thermostat, water pump, and other areas of the cooling system. That means that not having your coolant changed can end up costing you quite a bit of money in the long run thanks to leaks and component failures. Sometimes your cooling system will also need to be flushed in order to remove contaminants.
If you’re wondering about the differences between coolant and antifreeze, you’re not the only one. The two terms are often used interchangeably. Antifreeze is a common component in a coolant mixture which also contains water. So if you ask for antifreeze you’ll most likely receive coolant.
If you’re looking for a reliable place to have your coolant changed in Michigan, stop into Fast Eddie’s Wash and Lube. We also offer oil changes, car washes, and many other services.