Coolant container in a car engine

How to Check Coolant Levels

One of the most important things when owning a vehicle is maintaining it. When you maintain your vehicle, you’re ensuring that it’ll run smoothly for many years to come on Farragut roads. While there are many service tips and tricks we’ve already gone over, today we’ll touch on checking your coolant levels. Ensuring you know how to check coolant levels is vital to your vehicle’s health. If you’re wondering, “How to check coolant levels?” and “What is coolant?”, continue reading below!

What is Coolant?

Before we get started on checking your coolant levels, you’re probably asking yourself, “What is coolant?” Coolant is a liquid used in your vehicle to transfer heat and regulate the temperature inside of your engine. It won’t freeze below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and it also won’t overheat above 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Coolant is essential to your vehicle, whether you drive a new or pre-owned one. Ensuring your vehicle has coolant is a sure way to keep it performing as it should in Sevierville.

Coolant Tips & Suggestions

While it might seem complicated to check your coolant level, it’s something simple that everyone can do in their own Seymour driveway. Let’s take a look at some coolant tips and suggestions from the Ole Ben Franklin Motors service team:

Checking Your Coolant Level

When you’re checking your coolant level, you don’t even have to open the radiator cap. There are typically markings on the side of the reservoir that indicate the coolant level. If your coolant level is below the “full” marking line, you likely need to add coolant. Before you begin adding coolant to the reservoir, make sure the engine is completely cool, and don’t attempt to open the radiator cap if the engine is still hot. Doing this can be dangerous and lead to severe injuries.

After you’ve guaranteed the engine is cool, remove the radiator cap. Then begin adding coolant or a 50/50 mix of coolant and water depending on whether or not your coolant is premixed. You can determine if it’s premixed by reading the coolant bottle. This is also a good time to inspect hoses and the radiator for any leaks and damage.

When To Change Your Coolant?

If you drive your vehicle often, over time, you might notice your coolant level depleting. Because of this, we’d recommend checking your coolant level every three to six months depending, on your driving frequency. Another good indication that you need to change your coolant is if it turns a brownish color or has no color at all. When this happens, you need to flush and replace your coolant. Fresh coolant is typically blue, green, yellow, or red.

When You Need to Seek Expert Advice

If you’re inspecting your coolant and you notice it’s sludgy, we recommend seeing a professional as soon as possible by scheduling a service appointment. Coolant is typically thinner than oil and thicker than water, so when it appears sludgy, there could be a larger issue. If your coolant isn’t the consistency it should be, it’s possible you run the risk of overheating your engine. 

Rely On The Service Team at Ole Ben Franklin Motors!

If you need any assistance checking your coolant level, you can rely on the Ole Ben Franklin Motors service team to have your back. We’ll troubleshoot your vehicle to the best of our abilities, and we’ll be transparent with you about what could be the issue. You’re in good hands when you depend on the service and parts team at our Knoxville dealership. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to assisting you!

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