How to Properly Mix Coolant and Antifreeze
If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of the road due to an overheating vehicle without no coolant in sight, then this guide is for you. We’ll show you how to properly mix coolant so you can have some on hand to refill and be on your way.
Here’s how to mix all kinds of antifreeze and coolant, with step-by-step instructions and coolant-to-water ratios for different types of coolant.
Mixing Coolant and Antifreeze Step-by-Step Guide
Mixing coolant for your car is relatively easy. To do so, you’ll need a name-brand coolant that is compatible with your vehicle, distilled water, a clean measuring vessel, a large, clean storage container that can be closed or sealed, and a funnel (optional). It is important that you use distilled water, as non-distilled water will accelerate corrosion in your cooling system. With all of that ready, here’s how to mix coolant:
- Check the coolant capacity listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual
- Measure out the correct ratio (listed below) of coolant into clean storage container
- Measure out the correct corresponding ratio (listed below) of water into the partially filled storage container
- Mix thoroughly
- Store in a cool, dry place
- Use as needed
Coolant-to-Water Ratio Guide
Different type of engine coolants require different coolant-to-water ratios. Which type of coolant you use depends on the type of vehicle you have and the type of environment you drive in. Each ratio is listed below, with the first number indicating the type of coolant and the second number representing water.
- Antifreeze – 1:1 or 50/50
- Ethylene-glycol – 7:3 or 70/30
- Factory – 6:4 or 60/40
Having Cooling System Issues?
If your car is constantly overheating, it may be an issue with your cooling system. Here at CrossPointe Motor Cars, our expert technicians have the expertise, tools, and OEM parts to fix your vehicle. To schedule an appointment, give us a call or use our online service scheduler.