|Water works just as well as antifreeze
mere mortals take coolant largely on faith. After all, anything
that is tested with little colored balls in a turkey baster
is way beyond our comprehension.
Left to our own devices,
we would just fill the radiator with a garden hose and off
we'd go. But not for long.
Antifreeze coolant is
designed to keep cooling in temperature extremes far better
than H2O, and that's good news for
your engine. Coolant also helps prevent the corrosion and
mineral deposits associated with nature's version.
Still, it's not foolproof.
"The problem with antifreeze
is, if you put too much of it in, it actually doesn't cool
very well," says Duchene. "You've got to get the mixture about
And don't forget to drain
and replace the stuff periodically. This keeps it from gumming
up and clogging those heat-reducing cells.