when to change antifreeze

Antifreeze / Coolant serves a critical role in engine operation. It circulates through the radiator and dispels heat, to keep the engine from overheating – while also transferring heat to the heater core, where it can be used to warm the car in winter. Antifreeze also keeps this important fluid from freezing in winter.

Even though coolant is important, people still often forget about it. Even “long life” coolants eventually need to be replaced. It becomes dirty and can have bits of rust floating in it. This hinders its ability to increase the boiling point and decrease the freezing point, leaving your engine vulnerable. Don’t let coolant become your car’s “forgotten automotive fluid” as Counterman refers to it.

Dirty coolant is especially dangerous in winter when temperatures are falling below zero. Always follow your vehicles’ owners manual for fluid change intervals. To find out more, watch this video about what coolant does – and how you can use these 4 easy tests on your own coolant, by just looking at the color of your coolant, or get more info by testing with a simple tool such as a Prestone AF-1420 Antifreeze / Coolant Tester, sold at Arch Auto Parts for $4.95.

Whether you need OEM antifreeze/ coolant, Prestone or  Dex-Cool  to protect your engine, shop your nearest Arch Auto Parts for the high-quality antifreeze / coolant and other OEM fluids and supplies you need. It used to require a trip to the dealer to get OEM fluids, but now Arch Auto Parts stocks the same OEM oil, OEM brake fluid, OEM antifreeze / coolant, and more. To get the OEM fluids you need, call 718.425.2724.

On sale during The Winter Sale at Arch Auto Parts:

$11.95 PRESTONE 50/50 Antifreeze/Coolant

  • Pre-Diluted, Extended Life
  • Dex-Cool & Regular (1 Gal)

$13.99 PRESTONE Concentrate Antifreeze Antifreeze/Coolant

  • Full-Strength, Extended Life
  • Dex-Cool & Regular (1 Gal)

Want to test your own coolant/ anitfreeze to see if it needs changing?
It’s quick, easy and inexpensive.  Winter sale price only $4.95.

Prestone AF-1420 Antifreeze / Coolant Tester at Arch Auto Parts

  • Provides easy way to safely collect and test samples for anti-freeze and anti-boil protection
  • Makes it easy to visually inspect for rust and sediment
  • Helps ensure protection against corrosion
  • Helps prevent freeze-ups and boil-overs

Arch Auto Parts always has low prices on high-quality fluids and supplies. At Arch, choose OEM antifreeze / coolant or popular national brands, including Prestone and Dexcool 50/50 and full-strength antifreeze / coolant for most vehicle makes and models.

Dex-Cool is the recommended antifreeze / coolant for GM vehicles, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Regal and Saturn.  Prestone Dex-Cool is on sale now at Arch Auto Parts, and can also be used in all other cars and light duty trucks that use extended life coolant.  Prestone Dex-Cool provides protection for up to 5 years or 150,000 miles when flushed and filled according to directions.

For Toyota and Lexus vehicles, Arch carries OEM Toyota antifreeze/ coolant and Prestone antifreeze.
For Honda and Acura, Arch carries OEM Honda Antifreeze / Coolant and Prestone. For Mopar vehicles, including Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, Arch carries OEM Mopar antifreeze/ coolant and Prestone.
For Lincoln, Ford and Mercury vehicles, Arch carries Motocraft antifreeze / coolant.
For Nissan and Infiniti, Arch carries OEM Nissan antifreeze and Prestone.
Arch Auto Parts stocks OEM fluids for BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Land Rover, Jaguar and other high end vehicles.
Arch Auto Parts also carries antifreeze / coolant and other OEM and national brand fluids for Audi, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Saab, Subaru, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Volvo.