Is Your Coolant Low? Here’s How to Check

December 28th, 2017 by

antifreeze

How do you check the antifreeze in VW?

Antifreeze, also called coolant, serves an important function in your car. Here in Florida, we don’t often think of it in terms of keeping our engine and radiator from freezing because temperatures aren’t likely to drop that low. Still, this same liquid that keeps your vehicle from dropping too low in temperature also prevents it from overheating when temperatures skyrocket. For this reason, it’s important to know how to check your antifreeze in your VW so you keep all your important mechanical components at the ideal temperature and lubricated.

How to check coolant levels

If you follow your Volkswagen maintenance schedule, running low on coolant should not become an issue. However, we know plenty of people perform their own DIY services. If this is you, here’s how you can check your engine coolant.

  1. Your car should be parked, turned off and allowed to cool before you add any coolant to the reservoir.
  2. Locate the coolant tank, which is a white tank with a round blue cap. Your coolant tank will have a triangular warning label with a temperature gauge symbol. If you see steam or coolant is leaking, your engine is still too hot. Never unscrew the cap when the tank is still under pressure.
  3. When the engine is cool, unscrew the cap and add genuine G13 or G12+ antifreeze up to the maximum fill line. Check your owner’s manual to see which kind your model uses.

Remember, if you see the red temperature gauge warning light, do not continue driving your vehicle. This light means that your car is overheating and driving it can cause irreparable damage. Coolant not only serves to keep your vehicle from overheating but provides important lubrication. Without that lubrication, you get friction, and friction can cause parts to quickly wear down.

Wondering about other VW maintenance? Check back here at the Kuhn VW Blog for more.

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