What is an Antifreeze Coolant Fluid Changes service?
Lube Stop’s Antifreeze Coolant Fluid Changes service is the replacement of the antifreeze coolant fluid that regulates your engine’s temperature during extreme temperature conditions. Your coolant absorbs the heat and cold from your engine and is circulated to the radiator for regulation. It is then re-circulated back to the engine. The idea is to keep the temperature of your engine consistently at normal temperatures for normal operation.
If your coolant is dirty or contaminated, it doesn’t circulate as well as it should. That’s why you have it changed or flushed.
Lube Stop provides this service as needed. To determine if it is needed, we look for signs that the coolant is dirty or contaminated. So, a visual inspection to detect pollutants or leaking is done. Following that, Lube Stop also inspects for grinding or knocking engine noises. They also check for steam or an odd smell rising from your hood. If they are present, we recommend replacing the coolant to the customer. If the customer agrees, then we proceed with the antifreeze coolant fluid change or flush service.
So, always bring any indicators of trouble to the attention of our Lube Stop technicians. These include signs of temperature gauge spikes, orange or green fluid leaking under the car, strange engine odours and steam. From there, we will trouble shoot and determine if you need to change or flush your coolant.
We do all this so you can enjoy the benefits of a reliable engine that does not cease or break down due to extreme temperatures.
What is antifreeze coolant fluid for?
Most automotive engines are water-cooled to remove waste heat, although the water is actually an antifreeze and water mixture. Most of the time ethylene glycol is used due to its higher boiling point that makes it more compatible with heating systems. The fluid contains properties that protect your engine from extreme heat and extreme cold. It comes in 3 colours of green. orange and yellow. The colour is an indicator of organic versus inorganic and also of what type of metal corrosion inhibitors it contains.
Often, coolants also contain corrosion inhibitors. This is because radiators and engines often contain a range of highly corrosive metals such as aluminum, cast iron, copper, brass, or solder. So, to prevent these from breaking down and polluting your coolant, we advise you to keep it regularly flushed and clean. This will help to prevent corrosion thanks to the inhibitors. And finally, during this service, your water pump seal lubricant is checked and replenished if required.
If you are finding your vehicle is constantly needing a “top off” service for your antifreeze coolant, then you should investigate the possibility that you may have a leak somewhere. It may be under your car or possibly within the car radiator or head gasket. Bring this to the attention of your Lube Stop technician for addressing.
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Why Do I Need an Antifreeze Coolant Fluid Changes service?
The Antifreeze Coolant Changes service is the replacement, changing or flushing of your engine antifreeze coolant. You need to do this so that your engine maintains a constant temperature. Clean coolant helps your vehicle’s engine deliver lots of benefits. For example, it keeps the engine running better, it prevents corrosion and it provides more heat to the cabin when needed. But mostly it prevents your engine from ceasing due to heat or cold.
We do these fluid changes so that our customers can avoid problems with the engine in their car, truck, or SUV. The coolant is an important maintenance item responsible for ensuring your engine works well and doesn’t break down. This is because when coolant is clean it does its job better. For example, it protects the engine from contaminants that can cause major damage to the engine, water pump, radiator, hoses, and valves.
So, it is fair to conclude that dirty, contaminated coolant fluid is NOT something you want to ignore.
That’s why we check the coolant fluid every visit. We need to make sure that it is clean and functioning as it should. We understand that it costs a little in the short run to change this fluid out. But it saves a lot in the long run.
How Often Do I Need It?
The coolant fluid should be checked each time you have service with Lube Stop. And, of course, we should check it anytime you have observed issues. Your owner’s manual will also advise you to do it at various intervals. Please check your manual.
Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice. We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition. This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck, or SUV as it stands, today. That is because it removes the guess work. Learn more about this system below.
Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?
Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area. These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.
Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?
Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.
- Blackfalds, Alberta
- Clive, Alberta
- Bentley, Alberta
- Red Deer, Alberta
- Ponoka, Alberta
- Millet, Alberta
- Rimbey, Alberta
- Alix, Alberta
- Penhold, Alberta
- Benalto, Alberta
- Hobbema, Alberta
- Delburne, AB
- Bluffton, Alberta
- Innisfail, Alberta
- Lousana, Alberta
- Bashaw, Alberta
- Leslieville, Alberta
- Wetaskiwin, Alberta
- Stettler, Alberta
Context for these Services
Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine. This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything. This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.
In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine. The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors and nozzles. This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.
Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil. Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.
- combustion chamber
- cylinder head
- set of spark plugs
- rocker arms
- fuel injectors
- connecting rods
- engine block
- timing system
- timing chain
All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle. Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers. So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.