To help keep your vehicle running efficiently, make sure that the fluids are topped off. If you notice that one is low and needs to be replaced often, it could be a sign of a leak somewhere in the system. Make sure to check the fluids on a regular basis. If you are not sure what the proper amount of each fluid should be, make sure to bring the vehicle so we can inspect it for you. Checking the fluids like the brake, transmission, and oil are important. This will help to make sure that your vehicle is running efficiently and effectively. If the vehicle is starting to perform poorly, it could be caused from the fluids.


The Oil is Important

The oil is the most important fluid in every car with an internal combustion engine. Oil lubricates the moving parts in a car engine’s crankcase, preventing the high heat and friction that results during engine operation from destroying the pistons, valves and other components. Without oil, a running engine will seize up in a short time, making the engine virtually unusable. If you notice that you have to add oil often, it is a sign of a leak. Make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for any issues it has.

Check the Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is by far the most important fluid in terms of passenger safety. The brake line system is a fully sealed network that uses hydraulic pressure to control the ability to stop. When a driver presses down on the brake pedal, the brake fluid compresses, transferring the hydraulic force to the pads that cause the friction necessary to stop the vehicle. If brake fluid leaks or if too much air gets into the brake line, the ability for the vehicle to stop will be compromised.

Other Fluids to be Aware of

Coolant is most commonly a 50/50 combination of water and specialized radiator coolant. In colder climates this ratio will lean more heavily towards coolant. Coolant is a heat transfer fluid. It cycles around a running engine, collecting heat as it does and returns it to the radiator. From there, it is transferred to the air. Without proper coolant levels, a car will quickly overheat and be inoperable. Transmission fluid is reddish in hue and usually does not have to be checked by a car owner. Similar to motor oil, transmission fluid cools and lubricates the inner parts of the transmission, ensuring that the engagement of the system of gears works without a hitch. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a small hydraulic pump that is powered by the engine. This helps making to turn the vehicle easier. When working at proper levels, power steering fluid increases the ability of the steering mechanism to direct the tires. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to have it inspected as soon as possible. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle.