One of the best ways to keep your car running cool is to keep the engine coolant at the appropriate level. Having an overheating car in the middle of summer is certainly not enjoyable. Yet, it is one of the easiest things you can do on your own to maintain your vehicle. According to the Ford Owner’s website, these are the steps to refilling the engine coolant.
The summers here in Myrtle Beach can be brutal! We’ve already had our first heat wave and summer hasn’t even begun yet. With that being said, keeping our vehicles’ engine cool is a main priority this time of year. Keep reading to learn one important thing you can do to keep your vehicle running and feeling cool this summer.
Before You Begin
- Make sure your engine is off and cool, the vehicle is in Park or Neutral, and the parking brake is set.
- Open the hood and locate the engine coolant reservoir. It is often a translucent white color, and has hose(s) connecting it to the radiator.
- The reservoir has a fill range marked on the side. If your engine is cold, the coolant level should be up to the cold fill line.
- Loosen the reservoir cap just a little, then step back while the pressure releases. Then, remove the cap completely.
- If the coolant level is low, add the correct coolant to the reservoir (not the radiator itself). You can use diluted coolant by itself, or a 50/50 mixture of concentrated coolant and distilled water.
- When the coolant rises to the cold fill line, replace the cap and tighten it until you feel it click. Close the hood.
Here’s How You Do It
- Check the owner’s manual to find your vehicle’s correct engine coolant—different engine types require different coolants.
- Locate or buy a gallon of the correct coolant.
- Roll up or remove loose clothing, and keep your arms away from the cooling fan(s). Fans can turn on automatically, even when the engine is off.
- Never remove the coolant reservoir cap when the engine is running or still hot. Let it cool down first.
- Put a towel or a thick cloth on the reservoir cap before removing it, as the cap is under pressure.
If You Need Help…
Beach Quick Lane is here to help you if you need it. If you have questions about this process, by all means, please feel free to give us a call!