What is topping off the coolant?
A car’s coolant is an essential part of the vehicle’s operating system. Not only does it absorb the 62-percent of lost energy in a typical gas engine, it also maintains an optimal temperature for fuel efficiency and emissions control. Obviously, it also supplies much-needed warmth via the heater and defrosting systems.
It’s useful having a mechanic inspect the coolant level in your car on a routine basis, simply to stop any problems that might occur down the road. This is something that should only be done when the engine is cool, as the coolant mix reaches very high temperatures, and is under pressure when hot, so it can spray out of the radiator and cause severe burns. We recommend leaving this to our professional mechanics.
Bear in mind:
The installation of an overflow bottle (customary in the automotive industry) should help coolant levels stay normal.
Coolant is a mixture of water and anti-freeze in a specified ratio.
Many motorists completely disregard their car’s cooling system until there’s a problem.
How to Fix:
The vehicle engine is let to cool till coolant can be checked for safety
The radiator cap is removed and fluid level is checked
The coolant is filled with 50/50 coolant mix to the fill level
The radiator cap is reinstalled
The engine is run till fully warm and checked for leaks
If you are finding cause to have the radiator coolant level checked frequently, have one of your mechanics check your car for an underlying cooling system problem.
Common signs indicating you need to top off the coolant:
Car ejects coolant onto the ground
Importance of this service:
As overheating can damage vital parts of the car’s engine, such as the cylinder head, which can warp and require removal and “skimming,” it’s advisable having one of your mechanics inspect your car’s fluid levels at every routine upkeep service.