Cooling System Check & Maintenance

Every 30,000 Miles - Depending On Coolant

Question:
How do I know if my cooling system antifreeze is working correctly?
One of the best and most vital jobs to prepare your auto for winter driving is to inspect the level and freshness of your auto's antifreeze.

The Car Care Council recommends that motorists check their antifreeze each twelve months or 12,000 miles to help protect the engine from freezing and overheating as well as from rust and corrosion damage.

The most typical formulation of antifreeze is green in color and uses ethylene glycol as a base with anti-corrosion additions mixed in. Ethylene glycol lowers the freezing point and raises the boiling point of the radiator fluid to keep the water from freezing on cold days and from bubbling over on hot days.

Over time, these additions wear out, lessening their ability to protect urgent engine and cooling system metals against rust and corrosion. Your car owner's manual will provide antifreeze usage specifications.
Cooling System Check & Maintenance
"Inspecting and maintaining your vehicle's cooling system takes just some min's of your time, but it is well worth it when you think about what could happen," asserted Rich White, executive director of the Vehicle Care Council. "Cooling system failure is the premiere reason for engine related breakdowns, which can cost thousands of dollars and leave you and your family stuck at the worst possible time."

To check the level of antifreeze, you'll need some basic service tools and an antifreeze ball tester, which is available at vehicle parts stores.

Always ensure the engine and coolant system are cool before you start. Opening a hot radiator or coolant reservoir may cause dreadful burns. If the antifreeze is low, add a 50/50 mix of authorized antifreeze and distilled water. If you changed your antifreeze lately, but your level is low, use the antifreeze ball tester to make sure the antifreeze-to-water ratio is right.

This is also a fun time to inspect and replace any bad cooling system hoses. Check for leaking, fragile, squishy, cracked or rotted hoses and ensure that the radiator hose clamps are tight to stop leaks at the connections.

If you're unsure about any aspect of cooling system service, have your auto checked by a professional service technician. Checking your vehicle's cooling system today will make sure that it's prepared for the long winter ahead.
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KANSAS
Wichita
Kansasland Tire - Wichita, Kansas
1452 N. Maize Rd.
Wichita, KS 67212

Phone: (316) 773-9595
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Wichita
Kansasland Tire - Wichita, Kansas
3167 N. Rock Rd
Wichita, KS 67226

Phone: (316) 634-1444
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Wichita
Kansasland Tire - Wichita, Kansas
2015 W. 21st St.
Wichita, KS 67203

Phone: (316) 838-0807
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Andover
Kansasland Tire - Andover, Kansas
664 S. Andover Rd.
Andover, KS 67002

Phone: (316) 733-1254
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Concordia
Kansasland Tire - Concordia, Kansas
1721 Lincoln
Concordia, KS 66901

Phone: (785) 243-2706
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Derby
Kansasland Tire - Derby, Kansas
130 E. Madison
Derby, KS 67037

Phone: (316) 788-3647
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Emporia
Kansasland Tire - Emporia, Kansas
611 Prairie Street
Emporia, KS 66801

Phone: (620) 343-8473
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Fredonia
Kansasland Tire - Fredonia, Kansas
1526 N 2nd St
Fredonia, KS 66736

Phone: (620) 378-4528
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Garden City
Kansasland Tire - Garden City, Kansas
1702 E. Fulton
Garden City, KS 67846

Phone: (620) 276-2323
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Goodland
Kansasland Tire - Goodland, Kansas
1402 Main
Goodland, KS 67735

Phone: (785) 899-3689
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Great Bend
Kansasland Tire - Great Bend, Kansas
1820 N. Main St.
Great Bend, KS 67530

Phone: (620) 793-5477
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Hays
Kansasland Tire - Hays, Kansas
730 E. 8th St.
Hays, KS 67601

Phone: (785) 628-1071
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Hutchinson
Kansasland Tire - Hutchinson, Kansas
29 W. Sherman
Hutchinson, KS 67501

Phone: (620) 663-3381
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Liberal
Kansasland Tire - Liberal, Kansas
837 S. Kansas Avenue
Liberal, KS 67901

Phone: (620) 624-4823
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Norton
Kansasland Tire - Norton, Kansas
11101 Road E1
Norton, KS 67654

Phone: (785) 877-5181
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Pittsburg
Kansasland Tire - Pittsburg, Kansas
901 N Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phone: (620) 231-7210
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Salina
Kansasland Tire - Salina, Kansas
684 S. Broadway Blvd
Salina, KS 67401

Phone: (785) 825-8724
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Topeka
Kansasland Tire - Topeka, Kansas
300 SW 6th Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66603

Phone: (785) 233-4156
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Kansasland Tire - Topeka, Kansas
2855 SW Wanamaker Rd
Topeka, Kansas 66614

Phone: (785) 271-1122
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Kansasland Tire - Topeka, Kansas
1700 SW Westport Dr
Topeka, Kansas 66604

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NEBRASKA
Chadron
Nebraskaland Tire - Chadron, Nebraska
231 W. 2nd Street
Chadron, NE 69337

Phone: (308 )432-4488
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Lexington
Nebraskaland Tire - Lexington, Nebraska
Commercial Tire Center
HWY 283 & HWY I-80
Lexington, NE 68850

Phone: (308) 324-6374
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Lexington
Nebraskaland Tire - Lexington, Nebraska
511 Plum Creek Pkwy
Lexington, NE 68850

Phone: (308) 324-4604
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Nebraskaland Tire - North Platte, Nebraska
1100 S. Dewey
North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: (308) 532-1100
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Nebraskaland Tire - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
709 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Phone: (308) 632-7731
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Sidney
Nebraskaland Tire - Sidney, Nebraska
238 Illinois Street
Sidney, NE 69162

Phone: (308) 254-5125
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COLORADO
Arvada
Coloradoland Tire and Service
5210 West 78th Place
Arvada, CO 80003

Phone: (303) 427-1177
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Castle Rock
Coloradoland Tire and Service - Castle Rock, Colorado
4978 Front Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Phone: (720) 733-1199
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Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
8000 E. Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80237

Phone: (303) 694-2585
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Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
6995 N Broadway
Denver, CO 80221

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Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
887 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

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Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
11196 W Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80215

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Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
12672 West Ken Caryl Ave
Littleton, CO 80127

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Coloradoland Tire and Service - Burlington, Colorado
47200 W. Hwy 24
Burlington, CO 80807
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Lamar
Coloradoland Tire and Service
105 S. 4th St.
Lamar, CO 81052

Phone: (719) 336-9075
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OKLAHOMA
    Guymon
Guymon Tire and Auto
Guymon Tire and Auto
1018 Highway 54 NE
Guymon, OK 73942

Phone: (580) 338-2516
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