Winter is the time of year when we think about Christmas trees and hitting the ski slopes, but it’s also a time for keeping our cars well maintained. One of the most important items to keep an eye on during cold winter months is your car’s antifreeze.

What is antifreeze?

Antifreeze is a man-made, liquid coolant that is mixed with water and added to your car’s engine. Without coolant, the engine would quickly overheat. Antifreeze helps regulate your engine’s temperature and keep it cool.

Why does my car need antifreeze?

Why can’t I just use water to cool my engine? Good question! When the temperature outside drops below freezing, water in your engine will freeze. This can cause significant damage. When blended properly, antifreeze prevents water from freezing.

How much antifreeze does my car need?

The amount of antifreeze needed varies from car to car. Consult a licensed auto mechanic to ensure the proper amount is added to your car.

How do I know if my antifreeze needs attention?

Having your antifreeze regularly checked by a professional is the best way to keep it properly maintained. If you are inspecting it yourself, look for the following:

CAUTION: Never check coolant levels in a hot engine! Wait until the engine cools completely before checking!

  • Does your antifreeze look rusty, dark brown, or gritty?
  • Does your antifreeze appear sludgy?
  • Do you notice any leaks on the ground under your car?
  • Are any of your radiator hoses leaking, bulged, or cracked?

If you answered “yes” to any of these, you should have your car serviced by a professional auto mechanic as soon as possible.

Act now if you’re concerned about your antifreeze.

Your car’s antifreeze is vitally important to your keeping your car running smoothly. At Ferry Farm Repair, we’re antifreeze experts and can make sure your car is ready for the road. We’re locally-owned and service customers throughout Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, King George, and Stafford. Check us out at or call us today at (540) 371-4122 to schedule service.