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Checking Car Fluids

Your car uses a range of vehicle fluids to help maintain everyday operation. From the basics like oil and coolant to complex chemicals like power steering fluid and hydraulic brake oil, there are a range of things to check and top off every once in a while. Here's a list of some of the many car fluids you should know about:

Engine Oil. Most drivers are familiar with engine oil. Often called the lifeblood of your vehicle, oil cleans, lubricates, and even moves heat away from moving parts. Try and change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles. If you use synthetic oil, you can usually extend that to 5 months or 5,000 miles. In between oil changes, be sure to check oil levels to make sure you're not leaking.

Coolant. This is used to maintain the internal temperature of your vehicle. Usually combined with an antifreeze component, coolant should be checked and topped off (if necessary) at least every 3 months. Every few years you should consider flushing your coolant system/radiator to make sure there are no clogs.

Power Steering Fluid.  This hydraulic fluid is used to help you steer. Without power steering, manually turning your wheels would be extremely difficult. Check power steering every oil change if possible. If its low, make sure to top it off.

Brake Fluid. This hydraulic fluid helps the brakes squeeze together to create friction and stopping power. If its low, be sure to top it off. You should also have your brake pads checked, as this can be a sign that they need replacing.

Wiper Fluid. Many drivers forget about topping off their washer fluid despite its affordability. Wiper fluid can get dirt and grime off the windshield, and it can also help to remove glare. Seeing is always important; hence, you should top off wiper fluid regularly.

Changing and checking fluids is an important part of being a good vehicle owner. Not only can it extend the life of your vehicle, but it can also prevent dangerous and expensive breakdowns. Be sure to bring your vehicle to Ed Shults of Warren CDJR for all your vehicle maintenance needs.

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