What is Antifreeze?

Man Filling Antifreeze Fluid in His Car

While you don’t have to be an expert or a mechanic, it’s important to know the aspects of your vehicle that keep it running smoothly on Beavercreek roads. One essential component of your vehicle is antifreeze. With that being said, there is often confusion surrounding antifreeze and some of the most common questions we get asked are:

  • What is antifreeze?
  • What is antifreeze used for?
  • Is antifreeze coolant?

These are all great questions and fortunately, our service and parts experts are here to help. Today at Key Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT, we’ll go over everything you need to know about antifreeze and how it affects your vehicle.

How Does Antifreeze Work?

So, what is antifreeze? Antifreeze typically consists of ethylene glycol or propylene glycol. It’s usually green, pink, red, or orange and is stored in your vehicle’s radiator. To answer, “what is antifreeze used for?” It’s typically a component used to cool your vehicle’s engine when you’re driving around Springfield. It’s an important element of your vehicle’s cooling system and can help protect your vehicle’s:

  • Water pump
  • Engine cylinders
  • Connector rods
  • Head gasket

If you ever notice your vehicle overheating and has begun producing smoke, we recommend scheduling a service appointment for immediate assistance.

Is Antifreeze Coolant?

Now that we’ve answered, “What is antifreeze used for?” Let’s take a deep dive into whether or not antifreeze is the same thing as coolant. Many Wilmington drivers often ask our service team, “Is antifreeze coolant?” and the short answer is yes. Typically, coolant is a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. However, some manufacturers use a different mix of antifreeze and water to make coolant, so it’s best to reference your owner’s manual or contact a professional if you’re unsure of what mix to use in your vehicle.

Since coolant is used to cool your vehicle’s engine and components, by nature, it can become very hot to work with. So, we always recommend ensuring that your vehicle has completely cooled down before you begin inspecting your vehicle’s coolant.

Visit the Experts Today at the Key Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Service Center!

Turn to the experts at Key Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT for all of your automotive needs. From buying a new car to keeping your current vehicle in tip-top shape, our Xenia dealership is equipped to assist in any possible way. If you have any questions or concerns about other maintenance items on your vehicle such as how to reset your check engine light, feel free to contact our service department for assistance!

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