What is Antifreeze?

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Most drivers in Royse City have seen a bottle of antifreeze, but just what is antifreeze made of and why do you need it in your car? Antifreeze is a vital part of your engine’s performance, and your car could suffer serious consequences if you let your antifreeze levels get too low. Find out everything that you need to know about antifreeze with Greenville Hyundai, and stop by our parts department to replenish your supply!

What is Antifreeze Made Of?

You’ll hear some people in Commerce refer to “antifreeze” as “coolant”. And while coolant is the mixture of antifreeze and water, don’t be surprised to hear the terms used interchangeably. Coolant mixtures vary depending on the needs of your particular vehicle. Most vehicles use a blend of 50% coolant and 50% water, while other cars need a more potent blend of 70% antifreeze and 30% water. Regardless, the purpose of this mixture is to regulate your engine’s temperature.

  • Antifreeze is made of ethylene glycol or propylene glycol.
  • Antifreeze comes in different colors to reflect different properties.
  • Green antifreeze is the most common, but you might see pink or orange options at our parts department.
  • Your owner’s manual will detail exactly what your car needs, so be sure to take a look.

How Does Antifreeze Work?

Antifreeze sits in your vehicle’s radiator, connected by a reservoir in the engine bay. A water pump helps to circulate the antifreeze throughout the engine, and the antifreeze helps to remove the excess heat in the process. The fluid then moves back to the radiator, where it is cooled by air to bring down the temperature even more. The cycle repeats itself continuously to keep your engine running smoothly.

Why Is Antifreeze Important?

Antifreeze regulates the temperature of your engine by pulling heat from the components and also preventing coolant from freezing during cold Rockwall winters. Without antifreeze, you could suffer major damage to the:

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

Schedule Your Service at Greenville Hyundai

Now that you know what is antifreeze and why is it important, why not schedule your next maintenance appointment to stay on top of your car care? Whether you need help finding the right formulation or you want a multipoint inspection, contact us at Greenville Hyundai. We’re located in Greenville, so schedule your service today!

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