Automotive Coolants

Many of us are accustomed to reading nutrition labels while grocery shopping to make sure we put the right foods into our bodies. However, do you apply the same principle when selecting fluids to put into your vehicle? Much like eating too much junk food, using the wrong type of fluids in your car can wreak havoc.

Fluids such as automotive coolant, sometimes called antifreeze, are not one-size-fits-all products. Choosing the wrong type of coolant could cause problems such as rust, corrosion or gelling inside your car’s engine and cooling system. This could lead to overheating and costly engine damage.

Coolants vary by vehicle year, make, model and even manufacturing date. Adding to the complexity, coolant manufacturers use a variety of confusing terms on their product packaging. Containers may say “recommended,” “compatible with” or “meets” when referencing compatibility with your vehicle. These words can be misleading because they are claims made by the coolant company, not your automaker.

To make sure you are getting the right type of coolant for your vehicle, look for the word “approved” and the name of your vehicle’s manufacturer. This means the automaker has put that particular formula through a series of rigorous tests showing the product meets its requirements.

Your owner’s manual is another great resource to consult when determining the exact product required for your vehicle. Do the right thing and use the right stuff!