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Do you know how to go about checking coolant in your car?

While everyone knows that coolant is very important in their car during the cold winter months, less people are familiar with just how important a role it plays year round in the safe and economical running of your car. Today we're going to look at how you can go about checking coolant levels in your own car.

Like most car checks, checking coolant is quick and easy, so there's absolutely no reason for you to keep putting it off, or leaving it to the mechanic to do whenever you're due a service.

During the winter months coolant prevents your engine from freezing over, and during the summer months it stops the engine from getting too hot to run safely.

Many people are under the illusion that simply putting water into their coolant tank during the summer months is more than enough to keep their car in good shape. It's not, and it could potentially cause you serious problems.

Checking your coolant level

In order to check your coolant level, you need to pop open the bonnet and take a look for the white plastic tank containing liquid. It's easy to spot, and it shouldn't matter what kind of car you have, it always looks roughly the same.

Once you have located the tank, you'll notice that there are a series of markings on the side or the front of it. These markings are a great guide for knowing whether you have enough coolant or you need to add some more.

If you find that you are running low, simply unscrew the cap at the top of the tank and pour in your coolant mixture until you have reached the optimal level.

Which coolant do I use?

If, after checking your coolant, you find that you need to add more, you'll notice that there are plenty of brands and types to choose from at your local auto store. We recommend using a premixed coolant to save you the hassle of measuring and mixing yourself.

They do cost a little bit extra, but you can be sure that you're getting just the right mix in your tank.

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