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  • Coolant Service at Affordable Transmissions

    Sep 5, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS residents' cars have to operate in a wide range of MN temperatures which requires our engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what'. Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...

    And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That's why vehicle manufacturer’s recommend different types of anti-freeze for our MINNEAPOLIS, MN vehicles.

    There are several different 'families' of anti-freeze available to us here in MINNEAPOLIS. Your owners' manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at Affordable Transmissions will know the right kind for your car.

    It's important to stay on top of this because coolant system failure is the most common mechanical problem people have here in MINNEAPOLIS, MN. Regular service needs to be done at Affordable Transmissions to avoid failures and also to keep your warranty in place.

    While the specifics of the service required may vary from vehicle to vehicle, your friendly and knowledgeable Affordable Transmissions service advisor will know what to do. You'll be advised to replace the coolant at specified intervals.

    Some recommend periodic coolant system flushes. A flush adds a cleaning step to the fluid replacement process. Again, check to see what your owner’s manual recommends.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Affordable Transmissions Radiator Service

    May 17, 2016



    The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in MINNEAPOLIS, it is easy to prevent.

    The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then passes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then it's back to the engine again.

    There are several ways for the cooling system to fail. Most common is with the coolant itself. Coolant is comprised of water and antifreeze. The proper ratio keeps the coolant from either boiling away or freezing. Understandably, either can lead to massive engine damage.

    Another coolant issue that is often overlooked by MINNEAPOLIS drivers is the age of the coolant itself. Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system from corrosion. As these additives are depleted over time, they can't protect the radiator and other parts from rust, scaling and corrosion. That old container of coolant gathering dust in your garage may still keep your engine cool, but it won't protect it from corrosion.

    If you get a warning message to check the coolant or if the vehicle temperature gauge is in the hot zone, your cooling system needs to be checked. It's OK to add water or antifreeze yourself. But you need to be cautious. Remember four things:

    • First, you never want to open the radiator pressure cap. You could be severely burned.
    • Second, get to Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS immediately if your coolant is low. If that is not possible, follow the directions in your vehicle owners manual - it will direct you to only make additions to the coolant overflow bottle.
    • Third, remember that you need a proper mixture of water and antifreeze. If you make an emergency addition to your cooling system, follow-up with your Affordable Transmissions service center where we can make necessary adjustments.
    • Fourth, not all cars use the same type of antifreeze. You need to check your vehicle owners manual to make sure you use the right kind. Mixing antifreeze types or using the wrong kind of antifreeze may void the manufacturers warranty on your cooling system. Again, another reason to depend on your Affordable Transmissions service center in MINNEAPOLIS to do things right.

    Remember, Affordable Transmissions has the equipment to change your coolant quickly and inexpensively.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169