How to Change Coolant

Let our auto repair expert save you big bucks and show you how to change your own coolant.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Socket/ratchet set
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Rags
  • Safety glasses
  • Slip joint pliers

You'll also need a trouble light, jack stands, a drain pan, a bucket, a funnel, disposable gloves and hose clamp pliers. For newer cars, you'll need an air-powered refill tool

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Antifreeze
  • Distilled water
  • Drain cock
  • Screw-cap plastic container for recycling coolant
  • Paper towels