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What is Antifreeze?

You’re probably already familiar with antifreeze, but you might not know exactly what it is and how it works. Those are facts every Gastonia area driver should have at their fingertips, so the service team at Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet has put together quick and easy answers to the following antifreeze questions:

  • What is Antifreeze?
  • What is Antifreeze Used For?
  • Why Does Your Vehicle Need Antifreeze?

What is Antifreeze?

One thing that’s often asked of our service department is, ‘is antifreeze coolant?’ The terms aren’t interchangeable – coolant is actually a combination of water and antifreeze – but people will often call antifreeze a coolant anyway. The coolant mixture is usually 50% antifreeze and 50% water, although you can find more potent and expensive options that are 70% antifreeze and 30% water. Despite what the word ‘coolant’ sounds like it would do, both antifreeze and coolant help regulate the temperature of your car’s engine.

Most antifreeze you’ll see for sale across Concord and beyond is composed of ethylene glycol or propylene glycol. It can be green, pink, or orange, but most vehicles take green antifreeze.

What is Antifreeze Used For?

Antifreeze gets circulated throughout your engine to ensure the heat created there is moved away. The antifreeze moves from the radiator to the engine bay, then back to the radiator where airflow helps remove excess heat. That cycle is repeated constantly as you cover the roads of Rock Hill, SC.

Why Does Your Vehicle Need Antifreeze?

Antifreeze is absolutely vital if you’re to keep driving for any length of time. It’s designed to prevent overheating and avoid any damage to the following critical components:

  • Water Pump
  • Engine Cylinders
  • Connector Rods
  • Head Gasket

If you ever notice steam coming from under your hood or that the hood becomes too hot to touch, you likely need to arrange servicing immediately.

Get All the Servicing Information You Require at Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet

Whether you want to check out our latest range of new vehicles or find out more about how to keep your current car in top condition, our team can help. For any further advice or assistance, feel free to contact us today.

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