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When Did You Last Check Your Antifreeze?

  • Friday, Dec 13th, 2019

The blog this week is about ensuring that your antifreeze is in top tip condition to protect your Volvo or Toyota engine and radiator. Lack of antifreeze during the winter can have rather costly and disastrous consequences. Read below to see our top tips:

Check your Antifreeze

When did you last check your antifreeze or change it? Antifreeze only costs a few pounds! However a frozen and cracked engine or radiator for your Volvo or Toyota will cost you hundreds if not thousands to repair. As well as preventing water from freezing up during the winter, antifreeze raises the boiling point of engine coolant to prevent the engine from overheating. Antifreeze also protects your Volvo or Toyota engine from corrosion, aids heat transfer, and prevents scale from building up internally. Helping to maintain the health of your engine. The correct mix is a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water during the cold winter months. This will protect your Volvo or Toyota engine down to -34C. A lot of today’s modern vehicles use a long-life antifreeze. Make sure that you are using the right type for your car – please check your owners manual or seek the advise from your local independent service garage if you are unsure. There are some types of antifreeze on the market that need changing after only two years. If you experience overheating stop as soon as it is safe to do so and seek the help of your local independent garage. If upon starting your Volvo or Toyota you hear a continuous squealing noise this could indicate a frozen water pump – turn off the engine and wait for it to thaw out.

Happy Motoring Folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015 and 2019, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.

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