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What is Antifreeze Used For?

Man Filling Antifreeze Fluid in His Car
 

Many Smithtown drivers ask themselves, “What is antifreeze used for?” Thankfully, the service team at Atlantic Chevrolet has provided a helpful guide that will assist Bay Shore commuters. Antifreeze is essentially a fluid that’s part of your vehicle’s cooling system. Its main job is to help regulate your vehicle’s temperature so that it runs smoothly for many miles ahead. Follow the guide below to answer the following:

  • What is antifreeze used for?
  • Is antifreeze coolant?
  • Is antifreeze used in the winter?

Is Antifreeze Coolant?

Medford commuters often wonder, “Is antifreeze coolant?” and although they’re both related, coolant is actually a dilution of antifreeze and water. So to answer the question, coolant contains antifreeze, but antifreeze by itself is not coolant. Some helpful tips to distinguish the two include: 

  • Common coolant mixtures are 50% antifreeze and 50% water. 
  • The most potent coolant solutions are 70% antifreeze and 30% water. 
  • It might sound like antifreeze and coolant achieve opposite results given their names, but essentially they both help to regulate your engine’s temperature while you drive.
  • Antifreeze contains either ethylene glycol or propylene glycol.
  • Antifreeze is either green, pink, or orange in color. However, your vehicle’s specific antifreeze may be a different color.
  • Green antifreeze is usually the default antifreeze but consult your owner’s manual for verification.

Now that we have answered, “Is antifreeze coolant?” learn more about what function it provides for your Huntington vehicle below. 

What is Antifreeze Used for?

Antifreeze’s functions in your vehicle is as follows: 

  • Antifreeze is part of your coolant mixture and is stored in your vehicle’s radiator and is connected by a reservoir in the engine bay. 
  • It circulates throughout your engine through your water pump, which helps remove combustion-generated heat away from your engine. 
  • The coolant is then circulated back to the radiator, where it’s cooled to remove excess heat. This cycle is constantly repeating while you drive, working to keep your engine running at a safe temperature.

After reading through the process above you may be wondering, “Is antifreeze used in the winter?” Read the guide below to learn more. 

Is Antifreeze Used in the Winter?

Antifreeze may commonly be known to prevent overheating in the summer but it also keeps your coolant from freezing in below-zero temperatures. Proper utilization of coolant and antifreeze is important to keep your vehicle running well in hot summers and brutal winters. It is vital to maintain a consistent service schedule to keep your car running in pristine condition. 

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