Burke Coolants | Latest Articles http://www.coolant.ie Read the latest news from the world of Burke Coolants en-us http://coolant.ie/news/view/4 <![CDATA[AA Rescue Guide to checking your coolant]]> http://coolant.ie/news/view/4 Thu, 01 Jan 1970 01:00:00 +0100 Advice from AA Patrol, Trevor Freeman

Trevor Freeman has been rescuing broken down Irish motorists for more than 7 years, shares his step by step guide on how to check and refill your coolant tank if required to avoid a breakdown.

Before you get started

There are two important things to remember before you get started:

All modern cooling systems are sealed and as a result they shouldn't ever really need topping up between car services provided everything in your vehicle's engine is functioning correctly.

It's a pressurised system and as such should only be checked or topped up when the car's engine is cold.

Identifying your vehicle's cooling system:

Your car's cooling system will usually have a coloured cap, however the best practice if you don't know where it sits within your vehicle's engine is to check the car manufacturer's manual.

Checking your vehicle's coolant level

In most cars, the coolant tank will have a maximum and a minimum mark on the exterior. More importantly your vehicle's coolant tank is made of a transparent material so that you don't have to remove the cap to check it. The coolant should be between the maximum and minimum marks.

How often should I check my car's coolant level?

To avoid a potential break down, we advise motorists to check their car's coolant level weekly. This weekly check, which should form part of your regular vehicle maintenance activities, will allow you to spot a coolant leak and pre-empt a break down. An undetected coolant leak will cause your car to overheat when you drive it.

For more information on what to do if your car breaks down click here.

Topping up your vehicle's coolant tank

If you notice that your vehicle's coolant level has dropped it's important to take it to a good car mechanic. We recommend an AA or SIMI appointed garage for this. To find an AA appointed garage in your area click here.

In the meantime, to prevent your car breaking down you will need to top up the coolant level. To do this, first and foremost you need to make sure that you're using the correct coolant. Secondly you should make sure that the car's engine is cold.

Most antifreeze will need to be added to water before they are added to your car's coolant system. The general rule of thumb tends to be 50:50 but you should check your vehicle's instruction manual to make sure you've got the right mix.

When you're sure your car's engine is cold you then need to open the coolant tank's cap. There might be some residual pressure in there so you might hear a little hiss. You'd then take the container with the suitable anti-freeze mix in it, using a funnel if needed and top your vehicle's coolant level up until it reaches the maximum mark making sure not to overfill it. Going past this mark means you've taken away some of the room the coolant needs to expand as it's an expansion tank.

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http://coolant.ie/news/view/3 <![CDATA[Four Symptoms of a Sick Cooling System]]> http://coolant.ie/news/view/3 Thu, 01 Jan 1970 01:00:00 +0100 With the hot summer temperatures on the rise, knowing the symptoms of a sick cooling system are critical to your summer driving plans, since cooling system failure is a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns. The most noticeable symptoms are overheating, leaks, a sweet smell of antifreeze and repeatedly needing to add coolant, according to the Car Care Council.

"Neglecting your cooling system can result in serious damage and even complete engine failure, which would put a sudden end to your summer road trip," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "If the cooling system doesn't receive regular maintenance, it's not a question of whether it will fail, but rather when it will fail. Performing regular checkups of belts, hoses, the water pump and fluids will ensure your car remains properly cooled and healthy for many miles down the road."

The primary job of the engine's cooling system is to remove the heat that is generated during the combustion process. The coolant temperature can be well over 200 degrees and that heat has to go somewhere, otherwise engine components are going to start failing. The key parts of the cooling system remove the heat from the engine and automatic transmission and dispel it to the air outside. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine. The coolant absorbs heat and returns it to the radiator where heat is dissipated. The thermostat regulates the coolant temperature to keep it consistent for efficient engine operation.

A major factor that affects the replacement of cooling system parts is the frequency of regular maintenance, such as coolant changes. Motorists should consult their owner's manual for specific recommendations about how often to change antifreeze and flush the coolant system. A coolant flush and fill is basic to cooling system maintenance as new antifreeze helps the engine run cooler and a flush removes dirt or sediment that could damage other cooling system parts.

The coolant level should be checked regularly at the reservoir and motorists are reminded to NEVER open a hot radiator cap. If the coolant is low, a 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze and distilled water should be added.

Motorists can also do a visual inspection of hoses, belts and the radiator to help identify cooling system problems before they escalate. Radiator leaks, bulging hoses or frayed and cracked belts are clues that the cooling system is in need of maintenance.

Additional signs of cooling system problems include the vehicle temperature gauge rising near the danger zone, coolant leaks, steam or hissing sounds under the hood or the district smell of an engine that's running hot.

The Car Care Council's free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle this summer and throughout the year. It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information on Burke Coolants, visit www.coolant.ie or call +353 (0) 404 20333.

http://coolant.ie/news/view/2 <![CDATA[Glysantin<sup>®</sup> Brand History]]> http://coolant.ie/news/view/2 Thu, 01 Jan 1970 01:00:00 +0100


It all begins with cooling
The birth of the Glysantin® brand

The question of finding the right coolant was raised back in the mid1920s. As a BASF Chemist, Dr. Otto Jordan was charged with the task of developing an antifreeze agent. Up until then, cars were cooled using just water. The downside to this was that in the winter, the water had to be removed again after every journey to prevent the radiator from cracking in the event of frost.

The original patent document from 1929 signalling the launch of the world's first antifreeze agent: the birth certificate of the Glysantin® brand.


The ball gets rolling
Glysantin® sets a precedent

The importance of professional coolants is soon recognised: even back then it was recommended to check the coolant level at each oil change.

BASF garage with petrol station, 1930.

An insight into the complex Glysantin® production process.


The engine reignites
The automotive industry during the German economic miracles

Glysantin® brochure, 1954. Glysantin® proudly celebrates its 25th anniversary back in the 1950s: the original radiator coolant.

For the sake of the car: Glysantin®.

Glysantin® large container and Glysantin® antifreeze label.


People indulge themselves again
The car becomes the darling of the Germans

Glysantin® advert from 1961.

The automobile finds its way into virtually every West German household as a means of transport. The automobile has become an integral part of everyday life and is cherished accordingly.

Porsche manufactured from Palatel in 1964. Built with a body made from BASF's Palatel synthetic resin.


Motor racing and the oil crisis
Glysantin® in conflicting times

Advertisement showing the level of Glysantin® being measured, 1973.

Glysantin® can: year-round protection against frost and corrosion.

Glysantin® advert, 1979.


Everything remains different
New models in a new world

Glysantin® container, early 1980s.

Glysantin® advert, 1988.

Glysantin® bottle from the late 1980s. The first attempt to use the design of the bottle to distinguish the brand from the competition pays off and Glysantin® is awarded a design prize.


Glysantin® reloaded
Emphasis on quality and recycling

An idea for the future: coolant recycling, 1994. Unfortunately, a little premature for the market. Recycling is ceased again after a short time.

The new bottle shape is born.

Advertising material from the 1990s. Adverts and container labels are provided with a wealth of information. The knockon effect is that this detracts from the core concepts.


Make way for the dog
A classic reinvents itself

The Glysantin® image lost its clean lines at the start of the new millennium. The classic Glysantin® red gave way to blue.

The new key visual since 2010: Glys now shows even more clearly what makes him an ideal symbol of dependable protection: cooling system together with engine block.

from 2014

Glysantin® is changing with the times

As well as a revision of the entire appearance, Glys also receives a facelift.

http://coolant.ie/news/view/1 <![CDATA[Glysantin<sup>®</sup> becomes 'Brand of the Century' ]]> http://coolant.ie/news/view/1 Thu, 01 Jan 1970 01:00:00 +0100 Glysantin® becomes a "Brand of the Century" and receives the "German Standards Brand Award"

Ludwigshafen, November 26, 2012 " Glysantin®, Europe's best selling engine coolant, has newly been included in the brand compendium "Marken des Jahrhunderts" (Brands of the Century) published by Deutsche Standards Editionen.

This compendium is published every three years and it features all of German's leading brands. The decision on which brands are to be included is taken by an expert committee chaired by the publisher, Dr. Florian Langenscheidt. The compendium consists of 580 pages, and this year's tenth anniversary edition is entitled "Brands of the Century "Beacons in a Sea of Brands". It includes around 300 German brands, and it is distributed worldwide by the German Foreign Ministry via all the German diplomatic missions and the Goethe Institute. The compendium "exemplifies the strength of the German economy", said Olaf Salie, managing director of Deutsche Standards Editionen.

As well as being included in the compendium, Glysantin® was also presented with the "German Standards Brand Award" at a gala on November 22 in Berlin. This prize is awarded to selected Brands of the Century that, in the opinion of the committee, present a unique selling proposition within their category. At the moment, around 250 brands fall into this class. "We are very proud that we have been given this award and been included in the brand News Release Page 2 of 3 compendium", said Mike Freche, brand manager for Glysantin® at BASF. "For us, this award clearly demonstrates that the great effort that we have put into repositioning the Glysantin® brand over the past few years has been worthwhile. The whole team has put in some excellent work and greatly deserves this award."

The repositioning of the Glysantin® brand in 2007 was very successful. Since then, sales and turnover have been continuously increasing and the business is much more profitable. In the past few years, Glysantin® has been enjoying increasing success on international markets, and it is now available in Asia, South America and most European countries through licensing and co-branding agreements or direct marketing.

Further information about the Brands of the Century can be found on the Internet at: http://www.marken-des-jahrhunderts.de or http://www.deutschestandards.de.

Glysantin® " Der Schutz-Garant

The products in the Glysantin® range reliably protect engines all year round from corrosion, verheating and frost, even under extreme climatic conditions. BASF first patented Glysantin® in 1929, and the coolants from Ludwigshafen have been very popular with motorists ever since. The proprietary products have the most OEM approvals from the large motor manufacturers. BASF works

Page 3 of 3 in cooperation with the leading automobile suppliers worldwide to ensure that the Glysantin® range always fulfills the latest demands. The high-performance engine coolants from BASF are suitable for use in all motor vehicles. Further information about Glysantin® can be found on the Internet at www.glysantin.com, http://www.facebook.com/Glysantin and http://twitter.com/Glysantin.

About BASF

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility, and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about EUR 73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.