It’s Wednesday, rush hour, and you’re armed with a coffee and a playlist, ready to battle traffic and get to the morning meeting early. You turn the key, and it’s sluggish, but it starts. Good old girl, she’s never let you down. About halfway to work it starts raining. You catch a strange smell coming from the vents, but that’s probably just the rain. A few more miles, it’s stop and go. And then, nothing. Your engine simply stops, and you’re holding up traffic in the rain. You turn the key, but nothing happens. How could this be happening? You’ve always gotten your oil changes on time!
Next to getting regular oil changes, ensuring your coolant system operates smoothly is the second most important thing you can do for your engine. Old coolant, or worse, coolant that has leaked out will easily end up costing you thousands in repairs. Not to mention your vehicle suddenly breaking down on the highway during rush hour, in the rain.
Coolant, commonly referred to as antifreeze, absorbs the engine heat created as you zip through town. It travels through the radiator and back through the engine again and again. This can be a tough job (you spirited driver, you) and as a result, your coolant breaks down over time. It becomes thinner, and can no longer cool the engine or transmission as well as it used to. In addition, it uses up all of its anti-rust agents, allowing corrosion within your engine components and leading to an expensive repair bill.
You can easily check the level of coolant by inspecting the engine bay. See whether or not the coolant is filled to the recommended level. If the engine is cool, the coolant level should read minimum or fill. If the engine is hot, the coolant level should read max or just below it.
When it is time, you should have your coolant power flushed and replaced by a professional. Simply draining the old fluid and replacing it isn’t enough, as it leaves any rust or other contaminants to wreak havoc down the road. Power flushing ensures that any rust that has accumulated is removed from the coolant system, and that the new system is lubricated properly before new coolant is added. GM recommends a coolant flush every 5 years or 150,000 miles to ensure your engine continues to run as efficiently as it always has. As this will save you thousands in engine repairs, we simply cannot recommend this service strongly enough.
To help you save even more, we’d like to offer you 20% off your coolant service when you bring your vehicle in to Carl Black. Let our expert technicians ensure your coolant system is flawless for the next 5 years!