What is Antifreeze Used For?

Man Filling Antifreeze Fluid in His Car


While antifreeze is a crucial component for safe driving in Fort Hood, few drivers are aware of what it’s used for in their vehicle’s engine. Our service center at Nyle Maxwell CDJR Killeen often gets asked “Is antifreeze coolant?” These two liquids aren’t the same thing, though the terms are often used interchangeably. So what is antifreeze used for? Antifreeze helps maintain your engine’s temperature during your drives in the Nolanville area. Learn more below. 

How Does Antifreeze Work?

Now that you know what antifreeze is used for, you might be wondering how it works. Antifreeze is stored in your car’s radiator and is connected by a reservoir in the engine bay. The water pump circulates the antifreeze throughout your engine, so the antifreeze can move combustion-generated heat away from your engine block. Then, the coolant that is hot now will be moved back to the radiator, so it can be cooled by air to remove any excess heat. This ongoing process repeats as you continue to drive, so your engine can keep running at a safe temperature. 

While most cars take green antifreeze, you should consult with your owner’s manual to see which color is right for your make and model. Antifreeze can come in green, pink, or orange. 

Is Antifreeze Important?

Yes! Despite it not being well-known even among drivers, antifreeze is required to keep you safe and sound on the Harker Heights roads as it prevents any overheating or freezing. Without them, the following major components can experience severe damage: 

  • Water Pump
  • Engine Cylinders
  • Head Gasket
  • Connector Rods

If you notice the hood of your vehicle is too hot to touch or steam coming from under it, you should make an appointment at our certified service center at Nyle Maxwell CDJR Killeen as soon as possible. 

Is Antifreeze Coolant? 

If you’re still wondering “Is antifreeze coolant?” Let’s take a closer look. Coolant is technically a mixture of antifreeze and water and a common coolant mixture consists of 50% antifreeze and 50% water. While you might think antifreeze and coolant achieve different results, they actually work together to help regulate the temperature of your engine. 

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