When inspecting your vehicle, remember to check under the hood. There are a number of fluids working in your vehicle all the time. These fluids each have a specific task that they help improve the vehicle. Without these fluids, your vehicle will not run at peak performance, you risk mechanical damage, and it might even leave you stranded. Make sure to bring the vehicle in on a regular basis so we can check the fluids for you. If you notice you have to refill the reservoir often, it could indicate there is a leak somewhere in the system.

The Fluid will be Less Effective as it Ages

Having the fluids checked can ensure they are at the proper levels and are not in need of a change.  Fluid levels decrease over time as they work and also become dirty. At some point, they become so dirty that they are no longer doing their job. Because they are exposed to heat and friction, many vehicle fluids break down. Many fluids used in a vehicle are toxic. Proper handling and disposal is critical. In addition, using the wrong type of fluid can damage vehicle components. Vehicle maintenance should always be a high priority. Vehicle fluid checks are a big part of that process and must be done on schedule.

The Importance of the Fluid in your Vehicle

Most vehicle fluids serve as lubrication for parts or regulate vehicle temperature. Engine oil is a great example. It keeps the vehicle engine lubricated, prevents overheating, and also keeps the engine clean by carrying away debris. A combination of water and a coolant keep your radiator from overheating. The mixture is typically 50% water and 50% coolant. The transmission fluid works as a lubricant too, but also serves a very different purpose. It provides the pressure or force to actually operate the components of your transmission. There is fluid in the power steering system that enables the smooth operation of the system and provides the same application of force or power as the transmission fluid. A whining sound when a vehicle is turning can be a sign that power steering fluid is low. With anything unusual with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can so we can inspect it.

Have the Fluid Replaced based on a Recommended Schedule

To help keep the vehicle operating at top performance levels, make sure to bring it in on a regular basis. This can help it lasting as long as possible. We can make certain that the recommended type of fluid is used if an inspection shows that vehicle fluid is low or dirty. Often times after old fluid has been drained from a vehicle, a special cleaning agent will be used to flush any remaining debris from the system. After this process new fluid is added. A careful record of vehicle fluid checks will insure that the schedule suggested by the owner’s manual is followed and provides a checklist to make sure that all fluids are being checked. This can help provide you with a safe and reliable vehicle.