Preparing your Car for WInter

Proper Antifreeze for Winter Driving Should Be Rated for – 34 Fahrenheit

Do You Know The Proper Details For Winter Antifreeze?

Updated October 17, 2018

Good winter time heat in cars comes with proper engine coolant. Keep good attention to your car or trucks radiator ethylene glycol anti-freeze and it will keep you warm and toasty, along with a clean and defrosted windshield all cold season driving long.

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 Auto Owners It’s a Myth that 100 % Glycol Ratio is Best:

Yet is a misconception of many that the stronger (or higher a percentage compared to the water ratio in your antifreeze) the better. Some people run 100 % glycol ratios all year round thinking its best – best for preventing wintertime block freezup and damage as well as better for summer time hot weather drives. Sadly this is not the case.  A 50 / 50 water /glycol mixture will serve most drivers well.  In summertime the boiling point of a good mixture is higher than a straight glycol or even full water setup.  In most cases – sans the North Pole or Edmonton northern Alberta in January – the same mixture should more than cover freez-up. Stated in another way the ideal mixture is a 50 /50 ethylene glycol / water mixture.  If the solution is too weak ( more water/ less anti-freeze) it can lead to July  summer driving overheating,  At low speeds or extreme driving and hauling  this is especially the case.  At the other extreme, weak coolant mixtures can freeze during frigid temps possibly cracking the engine block resulting in major repair bills – if that freezing coolant does its damage via expansion.

Make Sure to Examine the Label of any Antifreeze You Buy – It Should be Rated to Minus 34 Degrees F.:

Yet when purchasing anti-freeze and winter time rad coolants it pays to examine labels and purchase the correct product.  It autumn or fall season now and you might well want to stock up before jack frost or ultra cold winter weather with long lines at the auto counter at Wal-Mart arrive.  When purchasing winter season antifreeze products buy only ethylene glycol-based product with rust and corrosion inhibitors for full year round cooling system protection.   Read the labels carefully and with care.  Expert licensed mechanics as well as automobile factory trained service techs and writers will tell you that the bottle in your hand contains a coolant liquid that is not up to standard if the label indicates that the content’s half and half solution of ethylene glycol and water will not provide total protection against freezing to minus 34 degrees Fahrenheit (equivalent to – 36.7 degrees C.). The expert’s rule of thumb is as simple as that.

Drive Warm & Safe This Winter With The Correct Antifreeze in Your Engine:

This fall season check your anti-freeze in your radiator or have it checked professionally.  It’s easily done.  Ensure that you have both adequate levels of coolant and an adequate percentage of glycol in the juice of your rad. By doing so you will be doing driving comfort and safety come this winter driving a favor.  Drive toasty and safe in a warm truck, car or crossover SUV with a clear and defrosted windshield.

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