What is Antifreeze?

January 30th, 2023 by
Man Filling Antifreeze Fluid in His Car

There seems to be some confusion among Old Saybrook drivers regarding antifreeze. What is antifreeze? Is antifreeze coolant? What is antifreeze used for? All are legitimate questions that probably didn’t get covered way back in driver’s ed class. The service pros at Westbrook Toyota have all your antifreeze answers.

What is Antifreeze? Is Antifreeze Coolant?

If you’re wondering what antifreeze is used for, you’re not alone among Madison drivers who get regular maintenance where their antifreeze gets topped off without questions. Sometimes they ask, “Is antifreeze coolant?” Not really, since coolant is technically a mix of antifreeze and water, usually in equal parts. Some of the more powerful coolants are 70 percent antifreeze. Both coolant and antifreeze work to regulate your engine’s temperature.

On its own, antifreeze is made of ethylene glycol or propylene glycol. It usually has a green, pink, or orange hue, and you can see it on the ground if it leaks. Your car’s owner’s manual will tell you which color is right for your vehicle. Be very careful if you see signs of leakage not just for the sake of your car, but for the sake of your pets. They can be attracted to the sweet flavor, and antifreeze is highly toxic if consumed.

What is Antifreeze Used for?

Antifreeze starts in your car’s radiator and is circulated through the engine by the water pump. As it moves it takes combustion-generated heat with it, moving the heat away from the engine. This makes the antifreeze hot. It’s then returned to the radiator and air-cooled. This cycle constantly repeats as you drive in Clinton to keep your engine at a safe temperature that prevents engine damage.

Antifreeze is important because it prevents your engine from overheating, and keeps your coolant from freezing in the winter. Without antifreeze, you could seriously damage your water pump, engine cylinders, connector rods, or head gaskets. If your car’s hood is ever too hot to touch, or there’s steam coming out from under the hood, schedule an appointment to have your antifreeze and radiator checked.

Learn More About Your Car with Westbrook Toyota

Now that you know what antifreeze is, take a few minutes to learn more about your car and how to maintain it with Westbrook Toyota! Visit our service hub for a collection of tips and tricks that’ll help you keep your car running smoothly for the long haul on the Westbrook roads.

Service Specials at Westbrook Toyota

Old-Timer Repair Work

10% Off Recommended Repairs

Keep your old-timer on the road with 10% Off Repair Work! Bring in your 10-year or older vehicle and receive 10% off recommended repair work. All work done on premises.

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EXPIRES: 03/31/2024

Toyota Wheel Alignment

$119.95

Improve your gas mileage, extend the life of your tires, and enjoy a smoother ride with a 4-wheel alignment by a Toyota certified technician at Westbrook Toyota for $119.95. Regular price $129.95. All work done on premises.

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Spring Ahead Road Trip Package

$129.95

Get Ready for Spring & Summer Travel! Be road-trip-ready with our Spring Ahead Road Trip Package! Includes a 5 qt. oil and filter change, tire rotation, and wiper blade replacement by Toyota certified technicians at Westbrook Toyota.  All work done on premises.

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"Clean Air" Cabin Air Filter Special

20% OFF

Spring Clean Your Vehicle Cabin Air! Protect yourself and your passengers from poor air quality, reduce allergens and pollution entering your vehicles interior, improve A/C flow, and eliminate odors, with a Cabin Charcoal Air Filter Replacement including parts and labor for 20% OFF at Westbrook Toyota. Our Toyota Certified Technicians will expertly identify the correct cabin air filter for your vehicle and ensure it’s installed to factory specifications.

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Toyota Battery Inspection & Replacement

Free Inspection and 10% Off 12V Battery Installation

Prepare for the Season! Get ahead of freezing temperatures with a free battery inspection plus 10% Off 12V Battery Installation by Toyota certified technicians at Westbrook Toyota. All work done on premises.

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Toyota Oil and Filter Change

$59.95

Prepare for the Season! Best Factory Oil Change Prices! Keep your vehicle running clean and efficient, improve your gas mileage, and protect your engine with an oil and filter change by Toyota certified technicians at Westbrook Toyota. $59.95 standard oil and filter change (up to 5 qts). $79.95 synthetic oil (0w-20 and 0w-16) with filter change (up to 5 qts). All work done on premises.

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Toyota Express Oil Change, Tire Rotation & Wash

$109.95

Keep your vehicle running clean and efficient, improve your gas mileage, and protect your engine with a full synthetic oil change, tire rotation, and wash in an hour or less by Toyota certified technicians at Westbrook Toyota. $109.95. All work done on premises.

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EXPIRES: 03/31/2024

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