Does it matter which coolant I add to my car ?
As the cold snap it among us, the question we ask is… Can I put any coolant in my car ?
Every car is different, and if you use the wrong type of Coolant, your engine could get expensive or irreparable damage.
It’s important to know that there’s no one coolant that works for all types of cars. Using the wrong coolant or mixing different types of coolant will damage your engine.
Coolant or Antifreeze ? Which should I buy or are they both the same ?
Antifreeze is the liquid that doesn’t freeze or boil made from ethylene glycol.
An engine coolant is a mix of antifreeze and distilled water.
The same job is done by both antifreeze and coolant. Coolants are just a mixture of distilled water and antifreeze. You can buy one that’s already mixed or the one that you have to mix yourself.
If you’re not sure which one to use, the choice will depend on the colour and type of inhibitor. As with buying the right ready-mixed coolant, you should always check your owner’s manual before you buy.
Check your owner’s manual to find out what kind of engine and coolant you have.
Hybrid OAT, Phosphate-free – NAP-free – Turquoise
Inorganic Additive Technology – Silicates – Green
Phosphated HOAT – Phosphates and organic acids – Blue or pink
Hybrid OAT – Silicates and organic acids – Yellow
Silicated HOAT – Silicates and organic acids – Purple
Organic Acid Technology – Organic Acids – Orange
TOP TIP FOR WORKING OUT WHICH COOLANT YOU NEED
Use the Halfords Tool for displaying which Coolant is needed. All you need to do is enter your car’s registration number. Halfords will then work out which car you have and recommend suitable Coolants
Do I really need it ?
Without it, your car’s engine could overheat and cause long-term damage. So, it’s important to keep it full, but the amount of coolant needed will depend on the model of your car.