Coolant, or antifreeze, allows your car to operate properly under extreme winter chill, as well as hot summer heat. When an engine is not in use, there is no heat of course, and it can drop to below freezing temperatures in, well… below freezing temperatures. If you just used water as a coolant, it could freeze, and if it doesn’t thaw in enough time (after your vehicle is started) to begin flowing through the engine to cool it, your engine can overheat. Vice versa – coolant keeps your engine from overheating in the summer as well.
Antifreeze has a higher boiling point than water which keeps the engine cooler. It will also not evaporate as quickly as water. To top it all off, antifreeze also contains anti-corrosive additives and lubricants that aid the water pump in functioning more effectively.
Conventional antifreeze contains some pretty nasty chemicals like ethylene glycol, which is toxic to all forms of life including, aquatic and land based reptiles and mammals – that includes us humans. When introduced into our environment, large quantities of glycol can suffocate aquatic life and disrupt sewage treatment plants. That’s not good.
Used conventional coolant, while carrying all the same properties as new coolant, also contains some unpleasant heavy metals and chemicals. These toxins are picked up through a lifetime of being circulated through an engine. They include lead (heavy metal) and benzene (organic chemical compound) – both of which can cause serious health and environmental problems.
Manufacturers such as AMSOIL have begun using propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol-based products. It is, according to AMSOIL, “biodegradable and its low toxicity limits the threat to children, pets and wildlife.” These new propylene glycol products are also as effective, if not more effective then conventional coolants, and are also safe to mix. Propylene glycol is also now commonly found in e-liquids such as Aqua ejuice used in e-cigarettes.
Never pour used coolant down the drain, in your yard or in the street. Always dispose of it at an appropriate collection center.
AMSOIL Antifreeze & Coolant
AMSOIL Antifreeze & Coolant is formulated to provide benefits far beyond those found in today’s conventional antifreeze and coolant products. This revolutionary formulation provides maximum antifreeze and cooling protection in the most extreme temperatures and operating conditions. And unlike conventional ethylene glycol-based products, which are highly toxic and even fatal, AMSOIL Antifreeze & Coolant is formulated with propylene glycol. It is biodegradable and requires no special disposal costs or procedures in most areas. Its low toxicity limits the threat to children, pets or wildlife.
Arctic Blend Antifreeze & Engine Coolant
Arctic Blend prediluted 50/50 antifreeze/coolants feature the precise balanced factory-fill blend used by major auto and truck manufacturers. Ready-to-use products ensure proper chemistry when used at top-off for ultimate convenience and protection all in one. These premium quality antifreeze products are inhibited with Fleetguard technology and formulated with virgin and equivalent purity recycled glycols and deionized water.
Be Coolant, an extended-life, super duty coolant & antifreeze. Be Coolant features a new-generation earth-friendly biodegradable, propylene glycol formula that protects cooling systems and aluminum components down to 26 degrees below zero (F). Be Coolant provides 300,000 miles of extended-life coolant protection that is ideal for all performance and severe duty applications including American, European and Asian high performance cars as well as diesel-powered tow vehicles and RVs. Be Coolant is made in the USA and comes ready-to-use in recyclable gallon jugs.
Using VR-12 in a vehicle’s monthly maintenance provides the ultimate cooling system protection. Since VR-12 removes the need for expensive and polluting cooling system flushing, the driver saves money and the environment.