WINTER: Anti-Freeze/Coolant Time – SAVE MONEY!
And you thought this blog was all just ranting and porn?
Shame on you!
I’m actually going to pass on a tip here that will save you money!
Longer-term followers will know that The Mighty Uno (my first car) died at the start of this year. Well, it was going fine, but it was blowing out all its coolant, so probably a head gasket problem. Not that it’s really relevant…
Sooo… After riding bikes through Winter before this, I’d never skimped on anti-freeze. Basically, what happens in severe cold is the fluid freezes inside your engine, and as it freezes water expands. This will crack the shit out of your pipes and even the engine block itself, meaning you can be left with a huge bill and a very broken car/bike.
It’ s not worth saving money here. Coolant prices have soared over the last few years so you’re looking at paying about £30 for 3 litres of decent name-brand stuff – that’s much cheaper than a new engine, so it’s a bargain! You also have to change it every 3 years or so or it loses its effectiveness.
Still with me?
So rather than paying £10+ per day topping up the Fiat, I stocked up on a load of pre-mixed anti-freeze from a local Pound Land (for £1 per litre, surprisingly!). I scrapped The Mighty Uno back in February, and left the rest of the anti-freeze sat in the garage. Then recently I bought the old Kawasaki GPZ500, and as I had no idea how long its coolant had been in there, decided to change it. And remembered the cheap-ass coolant.
I tested it with a proper tester for a laugh, and all the balls floated (it’s very technical), indicating that this cheap stuff was good for at least -30c or -40c temperatures! For reference, if I’d bought the usual expensive stuff to mix myself I’d have diluted it to protect to around -20c.
Gawd, this was supposed to be a short blog!
So the moral is, if you haven’t changed your coolant for 3 years in your car or bike, for the sake of £3 (most cars or bikes take less than 3l to fill), get some of this stuff and get it in there!
It’s from Pound Land (but I think other similar shops stock it, too) and called ‘Pro-Driver anti freeze‘.
And don’t say I never give you anything!