Keep an Eye on Antifreeze During Extreme Winter Weather

By Kellie Bartoli

Published 01/27 2014 04:38PM

Updated 01/27 2014 06:45PM

You know it's cold when antifreeze... freezes.

Experts say when the winter weather is this severe, it does happen.

That's mainly because the antifreeze hasn't been changed.

Typically, a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water works down to 35 below.

But, if the balance is off or old, it won't work as much, and what's in the radiator and engine block can turn to ice.

"As any liquid freezes, it expands. We've heard about people having pipes in their home break when the freeze... same problem under the hood. So the bad news is, just by not having the correct antifreeze ratio, we can have significant damage, I mean catastrophic damage to our car," explains Don Giovanni, owner of Don's Service Center in Terre Haute.

Don recommends having a professional check your antifreeze when you go in for an oil change, or you can buy a tester at any automotive store.

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