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This is probably one of the dumbest questions ever posted, but when I remove the radiator cap, I can see that it's already full to the brim with anti-freeze/coolant. I have one of those simple anti-freeze/coolant testers with a bulb on the end, but I only need to use the tester if I can't see how much anti-freeze/coolant is left in my radiator, right?

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No, the tester lets you know if the antifreeze is strong enough to protect your engine. Just because you see it, don't mean it is not weak and needing to be replaced.

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