Why You Should Use Antifreeze or Coolant?

  • The farther you drive the hotter your car engine gets, that is, until the cooling system starts to do it's job.
  •  Your engine works on combustion; like fire under the hood, and sometimes your engine can get hot enough to boil water or even hotter.
  • Excessive heat can cause damage to your engine.
  • Don't be deceived by it's name; a cooling system is not too keep the engine "cool", rather its to keep it from getting too hot.
  • Your cars cooling system runs on "anti-freeze", aka "coolant".
  • A mixture of 50% anti-freeze and 50% water flows through the the cooling system absorbing heat from one place and carrying it to another place.
  • The cooling system uses a water pump to get the coolant flowing.
  • Although anti-freeze maintains itself with additives that help prevent corrosion and other problems, it eventually breaks down and needs to be changed regularly.
  • It can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing, and even the most seasoned technician is susceptible to severe burns to the face if they are not careful.



  1. Make sure your engine is off and cool, your vehicle is in Park or Neutral, and the parking brake is set.
  2. Locate the engine coolant reservoir; translucent white color, and has hose(s) connecting it to radiator.
  3. The reservoir has a fill range marked on the side.  If your engine is cold, the coolant level should be up to the cold fill line.
  4. Loosen the reservoir cap just a little, then step back letting pressure release.  Remove the cap completely.
  5. If the coolant level is low, add the correct coolant to the reservoir (not the radiator itself). You can use diluted coolant by itself, or a 50/50 mixture of concentrated coolant and distilled water.
  6. When coolant rises to the cold fill line, replace cap and tighten it until you feel it click.

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Use the Right Coolant

Ford has used four different types of coolant since 2002. See Below:

  • Light Green: Used in all models up to 1999 and some models 2000 -2003
  • Yellow: Used in all models from 2004 to 2008 and some models from 2002 through 2013
  • Dark Green: Used in some models from 2009 through 2012
  • Orange: Used in some models from 2010 through 2013

Always check your owner's manual for the most specific information about what type of coolant to use for your vehicle.