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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Typical timing belt intervals are every 60k miles. It's a very involved service to do the whole job - timing belt, timing belt tensioner, serpentine or accessory belts, water pump, thermostat, spark plugs, all fluids, all filters, brake and suspension inspection, and tire rotation. On many cars it's recommended to change the oxygen sensors as well. Quite a bit of this can be done when you want, but the first five items are critical and should all be done. And regardless of whether your manufacturer says the coolant is "lifetime", replace it - don't reuse coolant. It's cheap and it's good practice to use new coolant.
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
When choosing antifreeze don't be mislead by the color! In fact,
unless you open the bottle and pour some out you won't know what color
you are getting in the first place. What to look for is the information
on the label.
Typically the "Red" antifreeze is extended life 150,000 mile (5Yr) antifreeze. While the "Green" solution has been the good ole 12-24 month service life stand bye for many year. In fact you can also find the colors of Blue, Orange, and Yellow. The colors are additives, meant to distinguish one set of properties from another. Unfortunately the colors, and additives do not necessarily match from supplier to supplier. Be sure to read the labels.
Firstly, read your vehicles owner's manual and identify the recommended call out for the engine coolant. Read the labels carefully to be certain the bottle in your hand is matched with that recommended in your vehicle manual.
If in doubt, drain it out! If you can not determine what your current antifreeze is, drain the entire system, flush it clean, and refill according to manufactures recommended mix ratio. Never mix different antifreeze types. The combination of chemicals can cause unwanted oxidation, corrosion, and degradation of cooling properties.
Keep levels proper. Low levels can allow excess air, coolant cavitation, and yes accelerated corrosion to your cooling system.
Never mix with tap water! Tap water has chemicals that can combine with those in the antifreeze, and cause effects.
Check your coolant specific gravity with a hydrometer. This simple device only cost a few dollars at most auto parts stores. It will tell you when your coolant needs to be changed. Check your level monthly, and the specific gravity seasonally.
Posted on Oct 23, 2009
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