Cool Weather and the 3 C’s

Coolant, Cab Fare, and Costs!

When the warning light or temperature gauge indicates a failure, it is undoubtedly less expensive to pull over and call a shop for instructions, then a friend or a cab. If the car is driven for even a short distance while the temperature is in the red area, the costs rise even faster than the temperature gauge! It is far less expensive to pull over and call a cab than to continue on. Today’s cars and the different plastics, alloy metals, and special hoses work to create the best, lightest and most efficient cooling systems. When a failure develops, this system functions flawlessly, it fails and continued driving will provoke additional expense. This expense can soar to $6,000 dollars and more.

Cool weather! Is it so necessary that we flush the cooling system? To further complicate the issue, there are a myriad of different styles of antifreeze. Is it really necessary and what about all the choices? Yes aged coolant becomes caustic and protection values fall.

There are several choices of antifreeze/coolant on the market. The best approach is to use the product your car was designed for. The different metals, plastics and related uniquities of the individual manufacturers make it all the more important to choose the correct product. Sure, there may be some spectacular sale at the corner auto parts store. If it causes improper reactions or oxidation via electrolyses, are you really saving money?

So often, we receive the call, “my car overheated and I had it towed in”! It could be a result of a number of things. Usually, it is a part failure due to age. Sometimes it is outside damage, (road debris), while sometimes, it is a result of poor maintenance, product failure. This is avoidable and worse yet, sometimes we hear, “I saw the temperature go into the red area, I only drove another 1-2 miles? This is what we refer to as “Cab-Fare vs. Costs”!

In all newer model cars, there are specific instructions on coolant system service intervals. We encourage adherence to these schedules along with use of the proper fluids. The “service booklet, or maintenance book” give clear instruction and we make a point of marking your book to indicate the service has been performed.

In the design of today’s cars, little room is left for deviation from proposed schedules of service. As in Oil Service intervals, we prefer to change fluids sooner than later. You will learn more about this in our letter for Transmission service and Brake Hydraulic systems service. Clean and fresh fluid, along with reasonable frequency of service and inspection of the specific area of fluid change are the best answer to avoiding the “Cab-Fare vs. Costs”.