Antifreeze vs. Coolant: What’s the Difference?

January 11th, 2019 by

Mechanic Pouring Coolant into Engine

Is antifreeze the same thing as coolant? While some Springhill drivers may believe that antifreeze and coolant are two different types of car fluids, coolant and antifreeze are the same thing. Learn what antifreeze/coolant does with the service experts at Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Olathe, KS.

What Does Antifreeze/Coolant Do?

Antifreeze/coolant is responsible for critical aspects of engine performance and reliability. In fact, this fluid is vital in the following ways:

  • Protects Against Freezing – As the name “antifreeze” implies, this key engine fluid protects your engine and radiator fluid from freezing in very cold temperatures, including temperatures under 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Protects Against Overheating – As the name “coolant” suggests, this product is responsible from keeping your engine and radiator from overheating. In sweltering Overland Park summers, this product prevents the water in your engine from boiling.
  • Lubricates – In addition to protecting your engine from heating and freezing, antifreeze/coolant also serves a secondary purpose of lubricating key parts of your engine’s system, including the water pump.

How Often Should I Get Antifreeze/Coolant Changed?

How often to change your antifreeze/coolant depends on a number of factors, depending on the make, model, and year of your vehicle, as well as various factors like the weather conditions under which you drive. Generally speaking, however, it’s a good idea to get your coolant changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, or every 5 years.

Where Can I Get a Coolant Flush Near Me?

If you’re looking to get a coolant flush in the Gardner area, you’ll want to schedule service at Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Beyond coolant flushes, our experts will help you with other service essentials, from oil changes to loose muffler issues, to identifying what type of tire you need. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our service center.


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