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This article brought to you courtesy of Karen Johnston of All About Automotive, Automotive Repair Expert.

Karen Johnston

A proper mix of water and coolant is designed to protect

your engine from extreme temperatures of heat and cold. Coolants carry special lubricating properties to keep all moving parts lubricated while circulating through the

cooling system of the vehicle. Having the proper mix in the cooling system raises the boiling point and lowers the

freezing point of the coolant mix to protect the engine.

Depending on the type of coolant your vehicle is

designed to use, there are different service intervals.

Servicing the coolant can also be determined by the condition of the coolant. For color, pH balance and protection level, there are different service intervals. When your coolant is clean, the Standard Coolant is bright green, Dexcool (GM's Extended Life Coolant) is orange. Toyota Extended Coolant is pink, Ford Extended Life Coolant is yellow, VW Extended Life Coolant is blue and there are some other Extended Life Coolants that are clear.

Some manufacturers say that the extended life coolant

can last 5 years and up to 150,000 miles. History has shown that sticking with the industry standard of flushing

your vehicle's cooling system every 2 years or 30,000 miles is the best way to keep proper PH balance in your

cooling system. This will help maintain your vehicle's

longevity. We recommend at least having your coolant

tested at each oil change so that you can make sure that

your engine is protected.

Happy Motoring!

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