What is Antifreeze Used For?

Man Filling Antifreeze Fluid in His Car

Many Anoka, MN drivers know that their vehicle requires antifreeze, but we still get that common question of “What is antifreeze?”, especially when drivers visit one of our service centers around the Elk River area. Some people may be aware of what antifreeze is, but they may still ask, “What is antifreeze used for?” Regardless of any questions you might have about antifreeze, here at Cornerstone Auto we can answer all of your questions! Read on to learn more about what antifreeze is and what it’s used for.

What Is Antifreeze?

So, what is antifreeze? Well, it can be confusing to some Ramsey, MN drivers because the name may imply that it keeps your car warm, however that’s not exactly true. Is antifreeze coolant? In a way, yes! However, it’s not completely categorized as a coolant. So, what is antifreeze used for? It’s actually used to properly regulate your Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Kia, Ram engine’s temperature as you drive. 

Antifreeze is a combination of ethylene glycol or propylene glycol. Depending on the properties in your antifreeze, it can be orange, pink, or green in color. Many vehicles utilize green antifreeze, but always refer to your owner’s manual to see which color is best for your specific make and model!

What Purpose Is Antifreeze Used For?

Antifreeze is located and stored within your radiator and directly connected by a reservoir in the engine bay. Using this connection, the antifreeze circulates throughout your engine through the water pump. The water pump helps the combustion-generated heat move away from the engine. The now-hot coolant gets circulated back to the radiator to be cooled by the air to remove any excess heat.

Why Is Antifreeze Important?

Antifreeze is crucial to your short trips to Monticello, MN and your long commutes to Coon Rapids, MN. It’s created to prevent overheating and ensure your coolant doesn’t freeze in below-zero temperatures; which is vital to your winter car kit. Without antifreeze, you can damage these vital components: 

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

Whenever you need your transmission fluid checked, be sure to just peak at your antifreeze level to be sure you’re in a good spot!

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