How often should you check your engine coolant level?
In order to avoid a breakdown, we suggest checking your vehicle’s coolant levels once a week.
Especially during the hot summer months.
The coolant tank cap is usually colored so it is easy to identify. This tank is transparent or see through so it is easy to see how much coolant is in the tank.
If you have any trouble locating it please check with your vehicles owners manual.
The tank exterior is usually marked with a minimum and maximum markings so you shouldn’t have to remove the cap unless it needs topped off.
If your tank is below minimum you may want to consider having one of our mechanics take a look at why it is possibly losing engine coolant.
Please note: Check BOTH your coolant tank and radiator coolant levels.
Warning to all vehicle owners:
Please give your vehicle the proper amount of time to cool down before opening the radiator or coolant tanks.
They can be very hot and you could get burned if you have recently shut off the engine to your vehicle.
If the radiator cap is still hot after a few minutes then use an old rag so you don’t get burnt.
If you see any sludge or foamy coolant or antifreeze in the radiator or coolant tank please contact us immediately.
- While the terms “antifreeze” and “coolant” are used in conjunction with each other “antifreeze” is mixed with water, and coolant is the combination of the two.
- Most antifreeze is green in color. Extended-life antifreeze is orange or red. The difference between regular and extended-life antifreeze, except for the color, is the amount of rust inhibitors and other additives it contains.
6 Easy Steps to Check Radiator Coolant Level
1. Make sure your vehicle is parked on a level surface.
2. Raise the hood on your vehicle.
3. Locate the radiator cap.
4. Safely loosen the radiator cap.
5. Check the radiator fluid level.
6. Add coolant if needed.