HOW TO ADD ENGINE COOLANT TO YOUR CAR

Adding engine coolant is another simple task you can do on your own.

It’s a essentially a simple refill job, for instance like adding windshield washer fluid. Same job, different reservoir.

Do not touch or open the engine coolant reservoir when the engine is hot!!!

If you do, you can get severely burned. Not so much for touching as it would be for opening the bottle.

Lots of people tend to open the coolant reservoir while the engine is still hot. Especially when the coolant level is low.

At that time,the coolant system is under pressure and suddenly opening the coolant reservoir can create a “geyser” effect.

This can lead to coolant bursting out of the reservoir and, as mentioned, can cause severe burns to your body.

Best to add engine coolant when the engine is cold.

Add proper engine coolant

Once you’ve checked the engine coolant level, and it’s under minimum, you’ll have to add some.

Before adding engine coolant, be sure you have the proper one. Car manufacturers have their own recommendations regarding this matter.

However, if you can’t find the same, the replacements should do just as well.

Just make sure not to mix up two coolants with different characteristics. This is why many manufacturers make colored coolants (red, blue,pink etc) to warn you about this difference. In short, don’t mix up the colors.

If you’re going to add concentrated engine coolant, make sure you make the proper coolant-to-water ratio in a separate bottle and then add to the reservoir.

This is to prevent damage to the coolant system as the concentrate, on it’s own, is very aggressive.

Frequent minimum level on the engine coolant reservoir-you have a problem

If everything is OK with the whole system, you won’t need to add coolant more than once or twice a year.

However, if you’ve started to add on a monthly or weekly basis, then you surely have a problem.

This can be caused by a variety of things: a cracked hose, loose clamp, faulty water pump, leak on the radiator etc. They can also be cheap to fix but also can cause a financial headache.

Also, when the level is low,the engine coolant warning light will go on. When this happens, stop as soon as possible and add some. If you don’t have any, add distilled water.

The main thing is to prevent overheating as this will cause serious damage to the engine and major repairs.

Here’ the engine coolant adding  procedure: 

  •  Open the coolant reservoir cap-unscrew counter-clockwise.

engine-coolant-bottle-despairrepair.com

  • Add coolant to the level between “min” and “max”-make sure not to overfill. If you see that you’re going to spill coolant around,use a funnel.

engine-coolant-despairrepair.com

DSC_0018

  • Return the the cap back on-turn it clock-wise.

engine-coolant-reservoir-despairrepair.com

Content Protection by DMCA.com

16 Comments

    • Hello and thanks for the nice comment!

      Our main task is to both help people around the car and explain the procedures as simple as possible. All that we do and present comes from experience.

      Readers like you give us more enthusiasm to do so!

      Hope our website helped, if we can help on another car topic feel free to contact us.

      Best of luck to you!

  1. magnificent issues altogether, you just received a logo new reader. What may you recommend about your put up that you simply made a few days ago? Any certain?

    • Hello!

      Thank you for your visit and the nice comment!

      Don’t know if I understood you correctly, but we hope that everything you read will be helpful!

      Best regards to you from despairrepair.com

  2. Wow! This can be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Great. I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

    • Hello!

      Thank you for your visit and the nice comment!

      Glad that you recognize our work, our main goal is to give useful information to other drivers and people.

      Best regards to you from despairrepair.com

  3. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

    • Hello!

      Thank you for your visit and the support!

      We will do our best, its readers and visitors like you who give us extra enthusiasm!

      Best regards from despairrepair.com

  4. I intended to send you a very small observation to say thanks the moment again on the awesome thoughts you’ve featured in this article. It has been so shockingly generous with you to provide publicly what many individuals would’ve sold for an electronic book to end up making some bucks for themselves, particularly considering the fact that you could have tried it if you ever desired. The thoughts likewise served to become a fantastic way to know that other people have the identical zeal the same as mine to see a good deal more when considering this condition. I’m certain there are millions of more pleasant times in the future for individuals that read through your website.

    • First of all, thank you for visiting our website and for the nice comment!

      To tell you the truth (how ever a cliché this may seem),our main goal is to help people around the car.

      Our opinion is that our articles are common car knowledge that every driver deserves to know.

      However, this doesn’t mean that there won’t be an e-book in the future :-).

      Best regards to you from despairrepair.com

  5. Thank you for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this blog. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched everywhere and simply could not come across. What a great site.

    • Hello,

      Glad that you like our articles and thank you for your visit!

      Hope the tips and tutorials helped.

      Best of luck to you from despairrepair.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*