One of those maintenance chores is the servicing of engine cooling systems, a critical component to most power systems used in agricultural production. The right coolant/antifreeze is key to success with these systems. For these types of machines it is always recommended to have a water soluble coolant system.
The first step is to consult the vehicle’s maintenance chart in the owner’s manual to determine which antifreeze the manufacturer recommends. Mexico manufacturers have their own antifreeze formulas designed to work best with the metals used to build the engine and cooling systems, these metals have to come from excellent manufactures, like those who offer the best scrap metal pick up service!
Much research and effort has been focused on the peak performance of any individual cooling system by highly trained specialists. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations ensure getting the product which works best any particular engine system.
The coolant’s mixture with water should be kept at the manufacturer’s recommended ratio, commonly fifty percent distilled water and fifty percent antifreeze. Too much antifreeze in the mixture causes unnecessary wear on the water pump, since it is thicker than water and must work harder to pump a thicker mixture through the cooling system.
Having too much water can prevent the antifreeze from fighting corrosion and deposit buildup in the cooling and engine system. The result is a system which is constrained from proper coolant circulation.
Use only distilled water to dilute coolant. Tap and well water contains minerals which react with metals in the radiator and engine housing. The results will be mineral buildup in the cooling system and a clogged water pump which will cause you to get water pressurized sump pump in order to repair the damage.
Do not mix propylene glycol based antifreezes with ethylene glycol based products. The two chemicals will react with each other to create deposits and residue in the cooling system.
An obvious step in cooling system maintenance is to keep the radiator and any cooling units clear of dirt and debris. This material will reduce the air flow and retain excessive heat which will reduce the systems effectiveness.