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Understanding Your Vehicle’s Fluids

While many people grew up learning how to check and take care of the fluids in their cars, innovations in the automotive industry have added a variety of additional fluids that need maintenance. While a quick oil check used to be the standard, newer model vehicles require more maintenance and upkeep to keep them running to the best of their ability. Keep reading to learn how to understand more about some of your car's fluids!
 
All cars run on oil, so you must check the oil regularly. The oil lubricates various parts of your engine, making sure it doesn't overheat and runs smoothly. If you go for a quick drive, then park and let your engine cool. If low, fill with the type of oil recommended in your car manual, and you're good to go! Another fluid vital to the running of your car is the radiator fluid. Radiator fluid ensures your engine doesn't overheat while it's running. If you run low on radiator fluid, you run the risk of overheating your car while out and about in traffic and potentially being stuck on the side of the road. Always check this fluid after driving your vehicle, though not while it is hot or cold.
 
Your transmission allows your transmission to remain lubricated, thereby preventing a variety of expensive problems from cropping up with your transmission. Its job is to ensure that all the working parts of your transmission aren't damaged and keep it cool. In addition to ensuring you have enough, you'll also want to check the quality of your transmission fluid. Pink or clear transmission fluid is ideal; fluid that smells burnt or has particles in it should be changed out. Brake fluid is integral to your brakes' health and adds power to your braking system to keep your stops reactive and quick. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid and is responsible for moving the different components of your car's braking system. This fluid operates under high temperatures and pressure, allowing it to stop your vehicle when you press down on the brake pedal. 
 
 
Power steering fluid allows for your power steering to continue working by adding lubrication to the system. This ensures that you have added power and control when driving, as you have an additional level of control over your car's wheels. After finding the power steering fluid reservoir, you'll likely be able to see the fluid level from the outside, as the container is opaque. You can check it in the same way that you would check your oil with a dipstick and can easily add fluid if it's running low. Air conditioning coolant (also called Freon or refrigerant) is especially important when the weather begins to get warmer. This coolant cools the air that runs through your air conditioning system for you to feel comfortable in your car. With this fluid, you'll want to watch out for leaks. Not only will a leak cause your car to stop blowing cold air, but it can be harmful to the ozone. 
 
There are many more types of fluids in your vehicle that may need maintenance, and we can't always be bothered to check and replace them ourselves. That's where Autotrend Diagnostics comes in! For the best auto repair service and emissions testing, schedule an appointment online or give Autotrend Diagnostics a call. You'll be glad you did! Schedule an appointment for service or contact us online for a stress-free auto repair experience. See you soon!

 

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