Winter Advice

Antifreeze

Antifreeze

If you hear a continuous squealing noise as soon as the engine is started it is a sure sign that the water pump is frozen.

Stop the engine immediately and allow it to thaw out. Unfortunately dependant on the weather conditions this may take several days unless the car can be moved to a heated garage.

If the car begins to overheat a few miles from home it’s likely that the radiator has frozen preventing coolant from circulating. Stop straight away to avoid serious damage and allow the radiator to thaw.

Some tips to take into consideration

  • A cracked engine block will cost hundreds of pounds to repair but you can avoid this buy buying Antifreeze which will only cost a few pounds.
  • Don’t mix types of Antifreeze, it is important to use the right type.  Check your handbook or even a dealer for the correct type.
  • Some types of antifreeze may need to be changed after only two years.  Check the manufacturer’s service schedule.
  • You need a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water in the cooling system for winter. This gives maximum protection down to -34° centigrade, and without it, severe engine damage costing hundreds of pounds can occur.

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