Make Sure Your Car is Getting Plenty of Fluids
Checking the fluids in your car is important, but what actually needs to be checked and how often should it be done? If you want to stay on top of the fluids in your car and keep your engine running smoothly, this is information that you need to know. You can check and change some fluids yourself, but having a professional take care of things for you is a good way to make sure everything is done correctly. That can give you peace of mind, and keep you from worrying about the operation of your vehicle so you can enjoy traveling and get to and from places safely.
Monthly Fluid Checks
You should check your oil and your windshield wiper fluid each month. Oil should be in the appropriate place on the dipstick and should be light in color. If it's low, you can simply top it off, but if it's black it should be changed. Most car manufacturers recommend that you change your oil every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. If you rarely drive your car and have extremely low yearly mileage, changing the oil once per year is a good idea. Windshield washer fluid can be topped off every time it's checked. That way you know you'll have it when you really need it most and won't be stuck with a dirty windshield, which can be hazardous.
Yearly Fluid Checks
Brake fluid, transmission fluid and coolant should all be checked once per year unless you notice a problem developing that would require you to check things out sooner. Changing your brake fluid every three years or 30,000 miles is recommended, and you can use the dipstick to see if the level is low or if you have enough. Another fluid that should be changed on that same interval is coolant, and you can check your radiator to ensure that you have a safe level of coolant to keep your engine from overheating. While you are checking those fluids, check your power steering fluid, as well.
"As Needed" Fluid Checks
Your battery fluid only needs to be checked as needed, and batteries should be changed every three to five years. At that point, they will start to wear out and may not allow your car to start as easily. There is a condition indicator on the top of most batteries, and that can help you determine whether you need to replace your battery or whether it is still working well. A blue or green color generally indicates a good battery, while red means that distilled water is needed and white shows that the battery needs to be changed. Some newer batteries don't allow you to fill them or add water, but they still have indicators related to expected battery life.
If you need to have your vehicle's fluids checked or changed, schedule your service with Auto Tek today. You can get all your car's fluids checked, topped off or changed as needed. We'll get you in, out and back on the road in a flash.