You might have heard your technician mutter something about fluid level checks in passing, but what exactly does it mean?
Initially, there are 5-6 essential fluids in your car, and they need a glance every once and a while. Changing the fluids in your vehicle can help remove some of the debris that finds its way in your car. Keeping up with routine maintenance requests, such as fluid replacements, can increase your car's lifespan and overall performance. Some fluids that might require a look or two in your vehicle are as follows:
Oil is essential, as we all know. Not only does it enhance your vehicle's overall performance and EPA ratings, but it also lubricates the engine. Without oil, your vehicle's critical components would start wearing each other down. It's essential that you change your oil regularly and maintain the oil at proper levels. Dry engines die––end of story.
As for the other fluids mentioned, ignoring their fluid levels can be just as harmful.
Your brake fluid can become full of debris, clogging your stopping system. Modern car brakes operate on a hydraulic system, which ensures that the fluid connects the pedal to the brakes. If your brake fluid is low, you might notice a delay. If we know one thing, it's that you don't ever want your brakes to be faulty.
Power Steering Fluid ensures that the driver has full control while they maneuver. When your power steering fluid is out, you'll know. Your steering wheel will shake, lock up, and make a terrible screeching noise when it does manage to turn.
If your engine needs coolant, your vehicle won't like you very much. Expect temper tantrums in the middle of stand-still traffic. Not only will your A/C air be warm, but your engine will likely overheat and completely shut itself off until you either put coolant or water inside it (water isn't recommended).
This is the easiest fluid to maintain or replace. Simply pour the fluid down the reservoir and close the cap! You want to ensure that these fluids are level to avoid disaster when debris fly on windshield.
If you start noticing transmission issues, which usually occur through shifting gears, you should check your transmission fluid first. One of our certified technicians will happily add transmission fluid to your vehicle by pouring it into the fill tube. Our team will verify the fluid levels on the dipstick, the same as they would for an oil change. We will then move the gear selectors by pressing the brake, which lets the new fluids flow to the transmission.
No matter how small or large, fluids keep your vehicle running. If you hear strange noises, notice loose pedals, or feel vibrations, you might need a fluid flush of some sort. Schedule service today and get back to the road!