How Much Coolant Does a Car Hold?
Some aspects of vehicle maintenance get a lot of attention, and some get almost no attention at all. For example, regularly checking your oil level and changing the oil and oil filter are probably not alien concepts to you. But what about your vehicle's coolant level?
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If you are like most drivers, you don't give your coolant level a moment's thought unless a hose fails or your radiator leaks, and your car suddenly begins to overheat. That unwelcome fire drill is typically when motorists first wonder if their engine's coolant is at a proper level. And then they might wonder how much coolant does a car hold?
The simple answer to that last question is it varies depending upon the size and type of engine your car has. But before we get into that, it is instructive to understand why your vehicle has coolant in the first place.