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This guide will provide instructions on how to check engine coolant on Chevrolet and add coolant if the level is low.

If a message on the DIC or instrument cluster shows Check Coolant Level, Engine Hot A/C off, Low Coolant, the antifreeze level may be low

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  • Engine Overheating,
  • The temperature gauge in the HIGH range,
  • Check Coolant Warning,
  • Low Engine Coolant Message
  • A/C turns off due to engine overheating

What You Need

Engine coolant should be diluted 50/50 with distilled water unless you buy a pre-mixed engine coolant. 


In this guide, you will find instructions on how to check engine coolant on Chevrolet and add coolant if the level is low.

  1. Park your Chevrolet on a level surface.chevy


  2. Pull the hood release under the dashboard until you hear the Chevrolet hood pop open. Next, you need to release the hood safety latch at the front of your vehicle.

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  3. Locate the coolant reservoir (tank) in the engine bay. You can check the engine coolant level simply by looking at the side of the tank. If the level is below the minimum mark, you will need to add coolant, or your vehicle may overheat. Do not open the cap when the engine is hot. chek chevy engine coolant level


  4. Turn ignition on, but don't start the engine and check engine temperature. Wait for the engine to cool down. This may take a while. Keep ignition, lights, radio off to avoid draining the battery.   chevy engine cooled down
  5. Remove the cap by turning it slowly counterclockwise. remove cap


  6. Add engine coolant/antifreeze. Only add coolant type recommended by Chevrolet. In case of an emergency, it is okay to use any color coolant. It is recommended that the system be flushed and filled with the recommended Chevrolet coolant when possible. 

These instructions apply to models such as

  • Spark
  • Sonic
  • Bolt
  • Volt
  • Cruze
  • Malibu
  • Impala
  • Camaro
  • Corvette
  • City Express
  • Trax, Equinox
  • Traverse
  • Tahoe
  • Suburban
  • Colorado
  • Silverado
  • Sonic
  • Blazer
  • Astro
  • HHR
  • Uplander
  • Avalanche 

The location of the hood release and coolant reservoir may vary between models.