What is engine coolant, and why is it so important?

Have you ever thought about how things actually work under the hood of your car? If you're not one of our Orlando Toyota Service techs, chances are you don't really know TOO much about the inner workings of what's in there. That's ok - that's what we're here for! 

Learn the ins and outs of engine coolant! 

Orlando engine coolant service

Your car's engine produces an immense amount of heat when it's working; think about all the moving parts under there that create friction and energy. In order to keep from overheating, your car needs engine coolant (also called radiator fluid). We're here to teach you what engine coolant is, why you need it, and how to spot when it's time to bring your car into our Toyota Service Center in Orlando! 

First things first - what is engine coolant and why is it so important? Basically, it's a fluid that absorbs the heat from your engine and then sends it through the radiator. It keeps your engine cool and prevents it from overheating; an overheated engine can cause some serious damage to your wallet. You need this fluid to keep your car working at maximum capacity! 

It's essential to stay on top of routine Orlando Toyota service, especially when it comes to your engine coolant! You should have the levels checked regularly to ensure you have enough of it, and you should also listen to our techs when they tell you that you're due for a change service. You need to periodically change the engine coolant under the hood and get rid of the old, dirty coolant to replace it with fresh, clean coolant. Why? This will clear out any dirt or debris that's made its way into the fluid and prevent future problems under the hood! 

How often should you schedule engine coolant service in Orlando? It varies from driver to driver - if you drive long distances or put your car through a lot of wear and tear, you may need to have this service performed more frequently. However, it's typically about every 24,000 - 36,000 miles! 

Do you need radiator repair in Orlando? 

Radiator repair in Orlando

If you happen to pop the hood and notice that engine coolant levels are lower than normal, consider calling our Orlando Toyota Service Center for an appointment. You could need radiator repair, have a cracked line or hose, or have a leak somewhere that's causing your fluid to seep out and also keeping it from doing its job. Here are some signs to be on the lookout for:

  • Your check engine light coming on
  • Your coolant light coming on
  • Your temperature levels (on  your dash) are higher than normal
  • Reduced fuel efficiency
  • A puddle of fluid under the car - it will be blue, green, or red typically, and have a sweet-swelling odor
  • Your car overheating

If you notice any of these signs, be sure to call the Toyota of Orlando Service Center today to schedule an appointment! Remember, an overheated car can be costly to fix, so don't delay. Give us a ring at (866) 945-0493 and swing by 3575 Vineland Road, Orlando! 

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