COOLING JUST GOT BETTER
Over the years cooling systems have developed from pretty basic set-ups to elaborate and sophisticated mixes of metal componentry, hoses, clamps, and sensors — although there hasn’t been much in the way of breakthroughs in coolant technology. We recently learned, after it had blown up at SEMA last year, about Prestone’s Cor-Guard Inhibitors coolant. It looks like any other coolant, sure, but a bit of digging and a scan over test data shows that this may actually be the first real advancement in coolant technology in the last 20 years. With seven years of development and a 15-patent-strong portfolio under its belt, the latest from Prestone begins working from the get-go, whereas traditional Organic Acid Technology (OAT) coolants can take “between 5000 and 10,000 miles (8000km and 16,000km)” to kick in according to the Vice President of Technology for Prestone, Colin Dilley. That’s pretty damn important when you think about it, when there are so many fresh builds being completed around the country. “Corguard is incredibly stable and does not break down and become acidic,” said Dilley, continuing, “This new synergistic anti-corrosion chemistry not only protects all the components … it keeps engine components looking and working like new. When we removed radiators, water pumps, and heater cores from our high-maintenance fleet test vehicles, they look brand new.” Perhaps the age of better cooling is upon us?