Winter is upon us again so now is the time to spend 30 minutes on looking after your car by checking your antifreeze levels Autel Diaglink, leave your car with a weak antifreeze mixture and risk having a huge repair bill. Getting your antifreeze checked is easier than most people think, either buy a simple tester from Halfords / local motor factors or book your car in for a full winter health check at your local garage ( â€¢ 25 ish),although many garages will do a simple antifreeze check for free.
Antifreeze has a lifespan, standard IAT ( inorganic) should be drained and changed every 2 years, OAT ( organic) sometimes known as long life or advanced antifreeze should be replaced every 5 years. A word of caution though, never mix the two types of antifreeze specifications, as a quick rule of thumb if your car was manufactured after 2001 then it's likely to be the advanced antifreeze but there are always exceptions so check your owners manual or speak with the main dealer or an expert. Also note that although your cars manual says use one type this may not be the type that's in there at present.