Tip & How-To about Chevrolet 1500
Now that the winter season is on us you should have had your cooling system tested and replaced if necessary.
Your engines coolant never looses if effectiveness for keeping the system from freezing but it does loose its ability to neutralize the acids that are created from every day operation.
These acids if left unchecked with old worn out antifreeze will begin to corrode radiators, heater core, hoses and engine component such as freeze plugs, head gaskets, intakes gaskets and water pumps. None of these effects will be notice immediately, but over time you will begin to develop leaks and other cooling system component failures.
With the addition of the "new" extended life coolants, automotive manufacturers had realized they would not be able to offer extended warranties of 50k to 100K without this new coolant, therefore it was necessary to develop these high performance coolants.
As a rule of "thumb" if you have an older vehicle with green coolant, the cooling system should be flushed and replaced every 2 years.
If you have a newer vehicle with the extended life coolant, I would recommend a system flush and replacement every 5 years.
If you follow these guide lines you will be able to enjoy a trouble free winter season with no unnecessary cooling system failures.
As a side note, don't neglect and forget to change the thermostat with every flush and fill.
Good luck and happy motoring.........
Posted by Bruce... on
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