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Your Car’s Fluids– and What They Do

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We all know there are fluids in your vehicle, but do you know what they are and what they are for? If not, this blog is for you! Every fluid has its purpose and is an essential part of your vehicle’s performance and efficiency. This month’s blog will discuss the fluids found in your car and their specific purpose. 

When it comes to your vehicle’s fluids, you can find them under your hood. Depending on your car, they can range in color, price, and brand. A professional technician should assess your vehicle and recommend the correct fluids for someone new to these fluids. If you are interested in a thorough assessment of the fluids needed in your car, feel free to come by Elk Grove Transmission & Repair!

Engine Oil: Your engine oil is one of the most important fluids in your engine as it helps to lubricate the moving components. The oil also helps control the temperature of your engine to prevent overheating. It would be best to look for an oil change every 3,000 miles. 

 

Transmission Fluid: This fluid lasts a lot longer than oil in terms of replacing it. However, if your car needs a transmission fluid replacement, you should not hesitate to take your vehicle to a shop as your engine can overheat and crack. 

 

Coolant: The coolant helps to keep temperatures low in your engine during hot days. Coolant is also known as antifreeze since it will not freeze in cold winter months either. Coolant also serves to prevent corrosion and prevents deposits from forming. As an essential fluid, you should expect to test your coolant every 50,000 miles to make sure it is properly working.

 

Brake Fluid: When you hit the brakes, your brake fluid is converted to pressure. This allows your brakes to function correctly. Most vehicles come with a sensor that shows on your dashboard as a warning that your brake fluid level is low. Make sure to be on the lookout for this warning light so you can have a brake fluid change.

 

Windshield Washer Fluid: When you activate your windshield washer fluid, you may notice that fluid is sprayed onto your windshield, allowing you to clean any excess dirt, grime, or bugs off your windshield. The more you do this, the more often you need to cap off your windshield washer fluid. Luckily, this fluid is inexpensive but should be replaced due to safety concerns.

At Elk Grove Transmission & Auto Repair, we want your vehicle to be ready to hit the road at any time. We are careful to only use the correct and highest quality fluids in your vehicle when it comes to fluids. Correctly changing your fluids will save you money in the long run by avoiding engine damage and will also give your engine a longer, healthy life span.

 If you want to learn more about a certain fluid or want one changed, please visit us at 9797 Dino Dr., Elk Grove, CA 95624. Or you can request an appointment that fits your schedule by clicking here!

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