By September 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Testing Coolant Antifreeze

Did you get an oil change today and were told by the mechanic that you need to have your radiator flushed out and new coolant added? How did they know that or are they just guessing hoping you would buy the additional sale?

Let’s hope they are honest, and actually tested your coolant condition. Just so you know how they did it (or should have tested it) I made this short video so you can test it yourself and make sure the repair is actually needed.

Take a watch, I am sure it will help you. Please leave comments or questions below this page, and like me on Facebook or Twitter…it might help the next person as well.

Austin Davis

Posted in: Coolant Leak

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Austin Davis, consumer car repair advocate. "Hi there! I love to help people solve their car repair problems and I hope my site was helpful to you today. Thank you for stopping by."
  • Austin Davis

    Great question Bill. Rubber items like belts and hoses have gotten much better and longer lasting over the past 10 years or so. I just sold my 2005 Ford truck with 100K miles, never replaced the belt or the hoses and they looked and felt just fine. Also never replaced the coolant, although it was time….and would have replaced all hoses too at that time had I kept the vehicle.

    We usually see a small heater hose failure first these days, just due to the smaller diameter of the hose compared to the radiator hose. Antifreeze has an oily feel to it, which also helps protect the hoses so clean antifreeze can help extend the life of the hose as well.

    You probably can go 10 years without changing but personally I would change all rubber hoses when I changed the coolant….which can last 100K miles or 7-8 years or so before breaking down. Assuming you are using the newer extended life coolant, which your vehicle should have been equipped with from the factory.

  • Bill Denton

    Thanks for the videos. I would like to see you do a video on mileage vs age. For example, I have a 2010 Traverse, so it is about 4.3 years old. However, I only have about 19K miles on it. I believe the assumption is 10K per year typical driving?
    So my question would be if I reach 9 years but only have maybe 35K should I still just replace the hoses or if they feel fine with no hard spots can I go another 5, 10 years? While I understand this is an over-simplification it would be nice to have additional information/cautions for those of us who drive a little or a lot more than average.