Q: Why is it important to mix antifreeze with water?
A: Antifreeze contains chemicals that protect your engine against rust and corrosion, as well as freeze-up and boil over protection. Water is required to activate the chemicals in the inhibitor package. Furthermore, adding water to antifreeze actually increases the freeze-up and boil over protection provided. For example, a mix of 50% antifreeze and 50% water provides freeze-up protection down to -34°F and boil over protection up to 265°F. In comparison, a mix of 70% antifreeze and 30% water provides freeze-up protection down to -84°F and boil over protection up to 276°F. However, we do not recommend adding more than 70% antifreeze. This would limit the corrosion and freeze up protection and heat transfer capabilities of the antifreeze.