Have you ever wondered, “What is coolant?” Are you wondering how to check coolant levels in a car? Coolant not only keeps your engine cool, like the name implies: it also keeps your engine from freezing up in frigid temperatures. Coolant is an absolute necessity, whether you’re behind the wheel of a new Maserati or a pre-owned vehicle from another make. Below, our team will help you learn more about how to check coolant levels and why it’s so important to keep your car in great shape on Los Angeles drives.
When you want to learn how to check the coolant level in a car, you don’t actually have to open your radiator cap. Simply locate your coolant reservoir and check the level markings. If your coolant level is resting at the “full” marker, your car has all the coolant it needs.
If it’s below the “full” marker, you’ll need to top it off. To add coolant, simply remove the radiator cap and slowly pour in the coolant or a mix of 50% coolant and 50% water. You should always read the coolant bottle to see if it’s premixed before diluting. This is also a good opportunity to check the radiator’s hoses for any damage. Also note the color of your coolant. If it looks brown, then you could have an issue and you should schedule a service appointment immediately.
Important Note: Before adding more coolant, ensure that your vehicle has been turned off for over an hour or more. DO NOT try to remove the radiator cap while the engine is hot, as escaping gasses can cause serious injuries.
So what is coolant like, as far as consistently is concerned? Coolant is thicker than water but thinner than oil, and it should never be overly thick or sludgy. If you notice that your coolant isn’t the right consistency, you should schedule service immediately.
So what can cause this issue? Your car may have a gasket leak, meaning that your oil is mixing with coolant. Once the coolant is gone, your engine can overheat and even seize.
Like other automotive fluids, coolant breaks down over time and has to be replaced in specified intervals. It’s a smart idea to check coolant levels every three to six months to ensure its health. Also remember, as mentioned before, to check the color of your coolant. Whether your coolant is red, yellow, blue, or green – if it’s thick and brownish — or even colorless — your fluid will need to be flushed and replaced.
Want to know more about how to check your coolant level? If so, then don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (844) 242-3345. The team at Rusnak Maserati of Pasadena is always ready to help you learn your Maserati inside and out.
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