Keeping your vehicle well maintained is important. There are several things that need to be inspected on a regular basis. Some of these things that you might think about are the suspension system, brakes, tires, or the engine. But there are a lot of other smaller things to consider when it comes down to having your vehicle run right or not run at all. The fluid levels should be inspected regularly and topped off when needed. Without adequate fluids in all of the appropriate places in your car, you will not have a running engine to get anywhere. That is why it is important to have regular fluids checks on your vehicle every few months.
Know what Fluids to Check
There is the oil, which is probably the most common fluid you think of besides the gas that runs the engine. Then there is the windshield wiper fluid that keeps the windshield clean and free of bugs. Some of the other fluids that are still important but less talked about include the antifreeze, which is also called the coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and transmission fluid. Depending on the vehicle you have, there might even be more fluids to check, such as if you had a special suspension system for four wheel drive vehicles or a hybrid engine. The owner’s manual will describe any and all of the fluid types in your vehicle and how often you should have them checked and changed to run safely.
When the Fluids should be Checked
There is a little bit of wiggle room when it comes to checking out the fluids and when to have new fluids added. When you have a maintenance check or are getting the oil changed is when you should have the other fluids checked too. Obviously the oil will be handled, but it only takes a few minutes for the technician to go through and grab samples of the other fluids in the car. If the levels are low, then they can add more. If the fluid looks dirty, then it might be time for a flush and to get some new fluid in its place. Transmission fluid gets dirty and is recommended to be changed after 100,000 miles or so, depending on the make and model of car you drive. Brake fluid can also seep out, which could cause the brakes to fail. Have the technician check when they are looking at your brakes or rotating the tires.
Issues when the Fluid Levels are Low
If the fluids start to become low, it is important to replenish the fluid as soon as possible. Without any fluid in the reservoir, it can start to cause damage to other parts and components of the vehicle. It will cause further wear and tear on the parts over time. This can cause you to have a costly repair bill when it would be time to fix the issue. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the fluid levels for you.