Two thirds of motorists have no idea how to choose the right antifreeze and coolant for their car, according to new research.
Changes in engine technology and increasingly demanding environmental legislation means that antifreeze and coolant products have become increasingly model-specific. Using the wrong product can lead to overheating, corrosion, failure of engine components and possible invalidation of the vehicle’s warranty.
But the survey revealed that more than 83% of UK motorists are unaware of the function that the antifreeze and coolant plays in their car and 65% admitted they would not know how to choose the right product for their vehicle.
Cosan Lubricants spokesman, Mike Bewsey, said: “Many people take the view that replacing antifreeze and coolant with a product that is the same colour will suffice. But that is not true and could result in expensive damage and an unwanted garage bill.”
In recent years, engine design has changed to improve fuel efficiency and lower emissions. This has seen car manufacturers developing increasingly tailored fluids for specific, individual engine needs. The increasing demands of these modern engines have made operating conditions more severe, meaning more is required from the cooling system, meaning that so called ‘universal’ products cannot address the requirements of multiple manufacturers.