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Coolant — also known as antifreeze or radiator fluid — plays a crucial role in your engine cooling system. It helps keep your engine cool in the summer and warm in the winter, ensuring optimal performance when you’re out on the road. So, when the low coolant light pops up on your dashboard, you definitely shouldn’t ignore it because it can wreak havoc on your engine. So, what should you do? Let’s help answer that question!
Disclaimer: Not all vehicles have a low coolant light. Check with your model’s manufacturer for more information about low coolant levels in your vehicle.
If there’s low coolant, you just need to add more, right? Well, not exactly. Most modern vehicles utilize a “closed” system, meaning there should be no coolant loss under normal operating conditions. If your coolant level is low, it could indicate that your vehicle is leaking coolant, so topping off your coolant reservoir may only be a short-term remedy. There could be several reasons for this issue, including:
If you suspect your vehicle is leaking coolant, have your vehicle’s cooling system inspected.
The short answer is yes you can…but not for long.
To understand why this is the case, it’s important to have basic knowledge of how the engine cooling system works:
So, without coolant, your engine may overheat or seize up, potentially causing extensive engine damage that may burn a big hole in your wallet.
Preventive maintenance can help you avoid serious engine damage or failure, so keep an eye out for these low coolant symptoms, especially if your vehicle doesn’t have a low coolant light:
If your low coolant light illuminates or you suspect your vehicle’s coolant level is low, there might be a leak. Don’t lose your cool! Bring your vehicle to your local Jiffy Lube®. The trained technicians can conduct a thorough visual inspection of the vehicle’s cooling system, check your coolant fluid level and protection level, and perform pressure testing with specialized equipment. If the technicians find that your coolant needs to be replaced, we can perform a radiator coolant fluid exchange to remove the used engine coolant and replace it with coolant that meets or exceeds manufacturer specifications.
NOTE: Not all services are offered at all Jiffy Lube service centers. Please call ahead or check jiffylube.com to ensure the service is available at the Jiffy Lube location near you.