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Don't Let Your Engine Overheat: The Importance of a Coolant Exchange

Updated: Jun 28

The importance of a coolant exchange

At Certified Performance & Auto Repair, we know you love pushing your car to its limits. But even the most thrilling ride can grind to a halt if your engine overheats. That's where your car's coolant comes in, acting as the essential hero that keeps things cool. But just like any hero, your coolant needs a little TLC to keep performing at its best.

Why Coolant Exchange Matters

Engine coolant, also known as antifreeze, is more than just winter protection. This specially formulated liquid circulates through your engine, absorbing heat and transferring it to the radiator where it dissipates. Over time, coolant degrades. It can become contaminated with debris, lose its anti-corrosion properties, and become less effective at regulating temperature. This can lead to a number of problems:

  • Overheating: Reduced coolant efficiency means your engine struggles to stay cool, risking overheating and potential damage.

  • Corrosion: Worn-out coolant can't protect your engine's internal components from rust and corrosion.

  • Clogged System: Contaminants in old coolant can clog vital passageways, hindering proper coolant flow.

How Often Should You Change Your Coolant?

The recommended coolant exchange interval can vary depending on your car's make, model, and driving habits. Here's a quick guide:

  • Consult your owner's manual: This is the golden source for manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedules, including coolant changes.

  • General rule of thumb: Many vehicles require a coolant change every 30,000 miles or 3-5 years, whichever comes first.

  • Severe service conditions: If you frequently tow heavy loads, take extended off-road trips, or battle extreme temperatures, consult your mechanic about more frequent coolant changes.

Keeping Your Coolant Cool

Here are some bonus tips to extend the life of your coolant and optimize engine performance:

  • Top up coolant regularly: Check your coolant level regularly and top it up with the correct coolant mixture as specified in your owner's manual.

  • Visual inspection: Look for signs of degradation like discoloration or rust particles in the coolant reservoir.

  • Trust the experts: When it comes to coolant exchange, rely on a certified technician to ensure a thorough flush and refill with the proper coolant type.

By prioritizing regular coolant exchange, you're investing in the long-term health of your engine.  Don't let a preventable issue sideline your adventures. Schedule your coolant exchange appointment at Certified Performance & Auto Repair today and keep your engine running cool for miles to come!


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