According to most carmakers the lifespan of antifreeze/coolant is around five years or 100000 miles whichever comes first. Some antifreeze can last much longer. The important thing is to check your antifreeze/coolant mixture regularly and top it up when necessary.
Topping up your antifreeze/coolant mixture is important because over time the water part of the mixture can evaporate leaving the coolant unable to do its job properly. In other words it can no longer protect your engine from overheating.
If you’re topping up your antifreeze/coolant mixture more frequently than usual it’s a good idea to get your cooling system checked out by a mechanic to make sure there are no leaks.
While most carmakers say that antifreeze/coolant has a lifespan of around five years or 100000 miles there are some factors that can shorten this. For example if you frequently drive in hot climates the mixture will break down faster.
If you’re unsure about how often you should be checking and topping up your antifreeze/coolant mixture consult your car’s owners manual. And as always if you have any specific concerns it’s best to consult a mechanic.
How often should you change your antifreeze?
Depending on the type of antifreeze it can last anywhere from 2 to 5 years.
How do you know when it’s time to change your antifreeze?
You can usually tell by the color.
If it’s murky or rust-colored it’s time for a change.
Will driving with old antifreeze harm my car?
Yes it can damage your car’s engine.
How do I change my antifreeze?
You’ll need to drain the old antifreeze from your car’s engine and then refill it with new antifreeze.
How often should I check my antifreeze levels?
You should check your antifreeze levels at least once a month.
What are the consequences of driving with low antifreeze levels?
If you drive with low antifreeze levels your engine could overheat.
What are the consequences of driving with no antifreeze in the car?
If you drive without any antifreeze your engine will overheat and could be damaged beyond repair.
Can I mix different types of antifreeze?
No you should never mix different types of antifreeze.
What should I do if I accidentally mix different types of antifreeze?
You’ll need to flush your car’s engine and start fresh with new antifreeze.
I think I might have a leak in my antifreeze system.
What should I do?
Check your car’s antifreeze levels and consult a mechanic if they’re low.
How do I know if I have a leak in my antifreeze system?
One way to tell is if you frequently have to add antifreeze to your car.
What are the consequences of driving with a leaking antifreeze system?
If you have a leak your antifreeze levels will eventually get too low and your engine could overheat.
How do I fix a leak in my antifreeze system?
You’ll need to take your car to a mechanic to have it fixed.
I think I might have accidentally ingested some antifreeze.
What should I do?
Call poison control immediately.
Is antifreeze poisonous?
Yes antifreeze is poisonous.