Tag: coolant

48 Posts

Retired Mechanic Needs a Refresher
Apr 02, 2019

Retired Mechanic Needs a Refresher

Dear Car Talk

Diagnosis of an overheating car puts the family in hot water

overheating coolant water pumps oil Chevrolet Blazer 2003

Coolant Warning Light May Indicate Small Leak
Jan 25, 2018

Coolant Warning Light May Indicate Small Leak

Dear Car Talk

Here's the lowdown on this Volvo's low coolant level.

coolant leaks Volvo XC60 2016

A Cloudy Windshield Often Means Bad Heater Core
Aug 29, 2017

A Cloudy Windshield Often Means Bad Heater Core

Dear Car Talk

This 2015 Yukon doesn't just defrost--it throws a filmy layer on the windshield. Is it too new to have a heater core issue? 

windshields defrosters coolant GMC Yukon XL 2015

Keep dogs away from antifreeze
Dec 12, 2016

The Blue Juice: Antifreeze and Dogs


What do I do if a dog swallows antifreeze? Can I teach a dog to leave this alone while someone is tinkering with cars in the driveway?

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Range Rover head gasket failure
Nov 03, 2015

Head Gasket Failure? Or Another Problem?

Dear Car Talk

Can Car Talk solve Mary's Range Rover mystery?

coolant gaskets

will driving without coolant ruin an engine
Sep 19, 2012

Today: Did Evelyn's Grandson Wreck Her Engine?

Dear Car Talk

Evelyn's grandon borrowed her car and when she got it back it was out of coolant. She loaned it to him again and now the entire engine needs to be replaced. Tom and Ray have some ideas for Evelyn and a few more ideas for her speed-demon grandson. Find out what they recommend, right here.

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can an engine coolant cool my idling engine
Jul 20, 2012

Will Coolant Help This Hot Engine?

Dear Car Talk

Josh's engine is running hot and he wonders if adding coolant will solve the problem. Will this cheap fix work, or is he about to get some bad (and expensive) news from Tom and Ray?

coolant radiators

Can you use malt liquor as an engine coolant
Jan 01, 2011

Can malt liquor be used as an engine coolant?

Dear Car Talk

Last summer, I was commuting home from work on the highway, and my 1998 Nissan Maxima started to overheat. The temperature outside was 90+. The engine started heaving, so I had to pull off the interstate and sit for a while, waiting...

radiators fluids coolant

Is antifreeze toxic to humans
Oct 01, 2009

In today's column: is antifreeze toxic to humans?

Dear Car Talk

You mentioned in a recent column that ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is toxic to animals. Is it also toxic to humans? I'm a doctor, and I prescribe a medicine for my patients that cleans out their colon called Go-Lytely (which makes...

coolant science