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7 Essential Fluids In Every Vehicle

No matter your vehicle make or model, these 7 fluids can be found. It is important to check all fluid levels in order to have a safe and efficient running vehicle.

Engine Oil

Your engine’s oil is essential to keep the moving parts in your vehicle lubricated. Checking your oil on a regular basis is a key part to keeping your vehicle up and running to it’s highest potential. Checking your oil levels yourself is a quick and easy job. All you need to do is locate where the oil is kept, a towel or rag, and your car’s owner manual. First, make sure your vehicle is parked level with the ground and the engine is cool. Remove the dipstick in the oil tank, wipe it with the towel, and re-insert the dipstick back into the tank. Pull the dipstick back out, but this time look at both sides of the stick and notice where the oil is on the ends. There should be a notch to show your oil level, always check the owner’s manual for your vehicle’s oil safety levels. If it seems low, add some yourself.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid adds power to your brakes and keeps you from running into other vehicles or objects. This fluid is essential for your safety as well as the safety of others, so it should be checked frequently. In order to check your brake fluid levels, you must locate the reservoir – typically towards the back of the engine. Remove the cap and look inside to see where the fluid level is. Make sure the fluid level is within half an inch or so of the cap. Also, check the color of your fluid, it should be replaced if it is dark. Do not leave the master cylinder uncovered for too long, if dirt or moist air enters it can ruin the fluid.

Radiator Fluid

Radiator fluid is essential for your vehicle because it keeps your engine from overheating. If your fluid is low, you run a higher chance of having your vehicle overheating in traffic, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. In order to check it’s level, remove the radiator cap and look into the container. If you can’t see it near the top, you will need to add more. To ensure you use the correct fluid and fill to the proper level, read your owner’s manual for more information.

Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid differs from car to car, depending on a manual or an automatic transmission. Manual transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 – 60,000 miles. Changing your fluid should be done when the fluid is contaminated, over time as the bearings and gears in your transmission wear out. Automatic transmissions typically need fluid changing every 60,000 – 100,000 miles, which is far less often than manual transmissions. Transmission fluid levels can be checked by the dipstick connected to the cap of the container and if it smells burnt, it has particles in it and should be changed.

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid gives your vehicle the ability to control the car’s wheel while keeping it lubricated. This fluid can be found under the hood and is recommended to be checked when the engine is cool. Remove the dipstick, clean it off with a towel, re-insert it into the tank. Wait 10-15 seconds before pulling the dipstick back out and check the fluid level. If it indicates that the fluid is below the recommended line, add additional fluid using a funnel.

Cooling System Coolant

Your cooling system is essential in this Texas heat. When the weather heats up you should check the coolant level in your air conditioning system. The coolant is responsible for heating and cooling your car’s engine. Most car makers recommend a routine cooling system flush every 24,000 – 30,000 miles. This job can easily be done at Elite RV and Car Care.

Windshield-Washer Fluid

Windshield-washer fluid may not keep your engine running but it makes it easier for you to see through your windshield. Most washer fluid tanks have a cap labeled “windshield” or “washer”. Depending on the climate you live it, having anti-freeze washer fluid will come in handy on chilly mornings. Washer fluid protects down to -20 degrees F, and antifreeze protects down to -84 degrees F. The main purpose of windshield-washer fluid is to remove bugs and road grime, leaving you a clear vision of the road ahead.

Call Elite RV and Car Care Today!

When in doubt check your owner’s manual for more information regarding your specific vehicle’s needs. If you feel unsure about your vehicle’s fluid safety levels, visit Elite RV and Car Care to assist you. Call us today (281) 812-3085.

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