Checking the Coolant Level in Your Land Rover
Coolant can be the difference maker in whether or not your engine is running optimally, so it’s important to know what the function of it is and how to check it. The certified technicians at our Land Rover service center have some advice for you about coolant.
What is Engine Coolant?
Engine coolant is a water-based liquid that keeps your engine at the optimal running temperature, and has a lower freezing point and higher boiling point than water so extreme temperatures don’t affect it as much.
There are two main types of engine coolant. The green-colored coolant is typically used in older vehicles and based on inorganic acid technology, which lasts you about 36,000 miles. Orange coolant is used in newer cars and based on organic acid technology, lasting you all the way up to 150,000 miles.
How To Check Coolant Level
The coolant tank is generally a translucent plastic tank located near the top of the engine. Simply unscrew the cap and check to make sure the coolant is in between the “Min” and “Max” lines that are etched into the side of the tank.
If the coolant is below the “Min” level, make a mixture of half water and half antifreeze and fill it up to the “Max” line. The water acts as a dilution agent to optimize the freezing and boiling points of the coolant. Most antifreeze bottles will suggest the ideal ratio if it is different than 50/50.
If you notice a sludgy floating substance in the coolant tank, you can schedule a service appointment with our Benton area service center to have the experts flush it out and diagnose any further problems.
Failure to maintain your coolant can result in an overheating engine, which can result in injury to yourself or permanent damage to your car. Always follow all maintenance procedures suggested by your owner’s manual.
Contact us today with any further questions about your Land Rover’s engine coolant or to schedule an appointment.