What Is Antifreeze?

Anti Freeze being poured into a vehicle
Many drivers in Vancouver know that antifreeze is an essential fluid their vehicle needs to perform while driving, however, they may still be asking: “What is antifreeze?” and “What is antifreeze used for?” If you’ve ever wondered what antifreeze is and how it helps your car, Dick Hannah RAM is here to help! Read our guide and then visit our service department to schedule routine maintenance for your vehicle.

Is Antifreeze Coolant?

“Is antifreeze coolant?” is a common question drivers ask when they bring their car in for service in Portland. In essence, yes, antifreeze works as a coolant to regulate the temperature in your vehicle. Without it your vehicle runs the risk of overheating, which can cause damage to your engine. Antifreeze is comprised of ethylene glycol or propylene glycol, which makes it either green, pink, or orange in color. Most vehicles use green antifreeze, but you should check your owner’s manual to ensure you purchase the proper color for your make and model.

What Is Antifreeze Used for?

Questions like “What is antifreeze used for?” are not uncommon for mechanics in Beaverton. Antifreeze is stored in your radiator and gets circulated through your engine by a water pump. This allows combustion-generated heat to be moved away from your engine to keep it at an ideal temperature. The now hot antifreeze is moved to the radiator where it is cooled by air and then circled back through your engine to repeat the process and keep your engine at a safe temperature.

Why Is Antifreeze Important?

As mentioned above, antifreeze is necessary to keep your engine at a safe temperature. If the engine is too hot, it could overheat, if it’s too cold, it will struggle to run and perform properly. Just as antifreeze pulls heat away from your engine, it also works to keep it warm enough in below-zero temperatures. If you were to run your engine without antifreeze, you would risk damage to these critical engine components:

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

Have Your Antifreeze Checked at Dick Hannah RAM!

Now that you’ve learned more details about antifreeze, you can ensure that your car is operating properly during the summer and winter months in Hillsboro. While you’re here, you can also learn how to change your vehicle’s oil and jump-start a battery! After you contact us to set up a service appointment, see our service coupons to take advantage of our maintenance savings!

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