Comma highlights coolant confusion

Survey shows drivers uneducated on cooling

Published:  01 September, 2014

A survey by lubricants manufacturer Comma has revealed that over 83% of motorists are unaware of the function of coolant in their cars, with 65% admitting they wouldn't know which product to choose.

The results come as changes in engine technology and demanding environmental legislation drive the need for the correct coolants to be used in vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers are developing increasingly tailored coolants and lubricants for specific, individual engine needs. The escalating demands on these modern engines have made operating conditions more severe, meaning more is required from the cooling system, while the use of an increasingly diverse set of materials for engine construction further highlights the fact that so called 'universal' coolants cannot properly address the requirements of multiple manufacturers - one size does not fit all when choosing coolant.

Comma suggests it is vital for workshop technicians to advise and inform their customers as to which coolant type has been used and why making sure that they are aware of the type of coolant in their car and how it must be maintained.

Comma spokesman, Mike Bewsey, adds: "Effective coolants are vital to optimise vehicle performance and extend engine service life. But it is crucial to use a coolant tailored to the specific demands of the materials used by the engine manufacturer."

Related Articles

  • Editor's Comment 

    This is the final newsletter of 2014 and this certainly has been a year of change. Companies have come and gone, technologies and emissions have been in the spotlight and the industry has had to adapt. Yet rather than look back, I'd like to look forward to what next year may bring.

  • Homework for the holidays 

    The annual Top Technician competition, which promotes and rewards the best repairers and workshops in the UK, invites fault-finders with at least three years’ practical experience to try out the initial online quiz over the Christmas break.

  • UAN and Unipart announce agreement 

    The United Aftermarket Network (UAN) has entered into a long-term arrangement with Unipart Autoparts.

  • IAAF award for NGK 

    NGK Spark Plugs has won the IAAF Car Supplier of Excellence award for the fifth time.

  • Forum access for Top Techs 

    UK AutoTalk has become the official forum for Top Technician. It will feature competition updates and enable entrants to take advantage of the wealth of information within the technician network.


Search

Sign Up

For the latest news and updates from Aftermarket Magazine.


Poll

Where should the next Automechanika show be held?



Facebook


©DFA Media 1999-2016

Mentés