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How to Check Coolant Level

Coolant Car Check
Whether you’re driving a new MINI Cooper or a used model, it is important that you know how to check the coolant level. The coolant in your vehicle helps maintain the internal temperature of the engine, preventing it from overheating and potentially damaging crucial components. Learn more about how to check coolant level and when to check the coolant level in this guide from the experts in the MINI of Warwick service department. If you regularly find that the coolant level is low, schedule an appointment with us to have our certified technicians inspect your cooling system for leaks.



What is Coolant?

So, what is coolant? Coolant, also known as antifreeze, is a fluid that transfers heat and regulates the temperature of the engine block and parts. Engine coolant contains an additive that ensures that it won’t freeze below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and that it won’t overheat above 212 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important that you use only MINI Cooper OEM coolant as MINI vehicles have specific coolant requirements to prevent corrosion of internal aluminum components. The coolant recommended for MINI Cooper vehicles is a 50/50 mixture – 50% antifreeze and 50% water. You can find MINI Cooper OEM coolant in the parts department at MINI of Warwick.

Steps for How to Check Coolant Level

  1. Park in a safe location and apply the parking brake.
  2. Open the hood.
  3. It is important that you allow the engine to cool down before removing the cap from your coolant reservoir.
  4. Locate the coolant reservoir. On most MINI Cooper models it is located at the rear of the engine compartment. Your owner’s manual will have information on where your coolant reservoir is located.
  5. Slowly remove the coolant reservoir cap in order to allow residual pressure to be released safely.
  6. Check the coolant level. There are markings on the side of the reservoir that indicate the minimum and maximum level.
  7. If the coolant level is low, you should add enough to reach the maximum level.

When to Check Coolant Level

Typically, you should only have to add coolant twice a year, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the coolant level. We recommend that you take a look at the coolant level whenever you fill up your gas tank. You should also make sure to check the color of the coolant. It should be either blue, green, yellow, or red, depending on the type of coolant used. If it’s brownish or colorless, you should bring your vehicle into our service center near Providence, RI as soon as possible to have the system flushed and fresh coolant added.

Among the MINI Cooper dashboard warning lights is one that will alert you that the coolant level is low. If this warning light is illuminated you need to find a safe place to pull over, park, and let the engine cool. Then, add coolant as needed. Driving too long with the coolant warning light on can result in damage to your engine and a potentially hefty repair bill.

Get Professional MINI Cooper Service at MINI of Warwick

Along with knowing how to check your car’s oil, knowing how to check coolant level is something every driver should understand. Knowing when to check coolant level is just as important. You can count on the service team at MINI of Warwick to take care of all your MINI Cooper maintenance and repair needs. We’re here to ensure that you enjoy a safe and smooth ride on the roads in and around Cranston, RI. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our service team. Meanwhile, make sure to browse our current service specials to take advantage of some of the best deals in the Newport, RI area.


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