Whether you drive your car every day or use it as a weekend cruiser, it needs to be properly maintained. Part of that regular maintenance is keeping proper fluid levels in your engine, but knowing which fluids are important and which can stand to get a little low, can make the difference between keeping your car running and doing severe damage to your engine. Today, we’ll take a look at four fluids you should always maintain at the proper levels.
Almost every driver’s education class covers the importance of engine oil. It keeps your engine lubricated and prevents it from being damaged by the constant vibrations and friction your car generates. While full engine oil replacement should happen regularly, you’ll also want to top it off if you notice that the level is below the minimum line on the dipstick.
Coolant keeps your car from overheating as you drive. When levels get low, the engine won’t be able to run at an optimal temperature. If coolant levels get low, your engine may overheat and can, in some cases, blow a gasket, resulting in expensive repairs. A good rule of thumb is to check the coolant level at least twice a year or as the seasons change.
Brake fluid is absolutely vital to properly functioning brakes. Any time your fluid is low, your brakes simply won’t work as efficiently. Check the level whenever you change your oil and be sure to replace it any time the golden color fades to brown.
Without transmission fluid, your car, whether automatic or manual, won’t be able to shift between the gears easily. When you check your transmission fluid, be sure to leave your car running. This will give you an accurate idea of how much fluid is left in the tank. When the fluid is clean, it should be a bright red color. Like brake fluid, transmission fluid should be flushed and replaced if it’s brown.
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