Thursday, January 08 2015 18:06

Defending Your Ride from the Winter Deep-Freeze with Prestone Extended Life 50/50 #WalmartAuto

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In the summer we think of it as “coolant,” but with the snowy season upon us in much of the country, it’s time to be thinking “antifreeze” as below-normal deep-freeze conditions can wreak havoc on your car. While my hope is that most drivers would've tackled the coolant prior to the holiday travel season, a Hoth-like January serves as a bitter reminder for those who didn't.

No matter what the season, your coolant is just as important as the other fluids in your vehicle, and unlike oil (which seems to be at the top of everyone’s mind), that radiator cap at the front of your engine compartment is something that often goes unchecked.

So why is coolant so important in the winter? Well, if your radiator happens to freeze, your engine will overheat. We’ve all seen it, and many of us have experienced it - a car stalled out in the freezing cold with steam emitting from the engine. Don’t let it happen to you.


I’ve prepped both of my vehicles with Prestone Extended Life 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant premix from Walmart*. This perfect mix of 50% antifreeze/coolant 50% demineralized water helps preserve engine life with all the temperature, corrosion and heat transfer protection you’d expect from Prestone, but without the color guessing game.

While antifreeze of the past was commonly green, modern coolants can be just about any color, and if you haven’t had a full flush in awhile, there’s a solid chance that you have a mix in your own car. Prestone Extended Life 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant premix works with any color antifreeze, for all models of cars and light trucks.


Using a Prestone Antifreeze Tester (also available in your local Walmart Auto department), I was able to make sure everything was running clear (you need to look for nasties like rust and deposits) and that the overall temperature protection was solid, especially for my oldest vehicle, which just hit 150K miles on it’s 10th anniversary.

So before you get ready to log some miles during the cold months, be sure to give your antifreeze a check - but don’t forget to revisit the coolant when the hot months return.

*Please note that newer GM vehicles (like our Chevrolet Equinox) require the Prestone Dex-Cool version of the Extended Life 50/50, which is GM-approved.

Look for more car care tips soon, right here on THE ROCK FATHER, and be sure to stock-up on all of your auto care needs at your local Walmart.
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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