Your car needs regular maintenance or it will fall apart. Just like yourself, you need to take it for regular check ups to make sure it is running smoothly. Your vehicle has the ability to last you decades, but to achieve, it is important that you keep it in great shape. A great place to start is with keeping an eye on these important fluids.
Oil is the lubricant that keeps your engine running. Without oil the moving parts start to rust and slow down. Much like the blood that keeps arteries running oil does a similar thing for your cars and the mechanics that are involved in keeping it functioning.
2. Brake Fluid
Brake Fluid is important for the safety of your car, your passengers, and yourself. Without the pressure that comes from having enough brake fluid in your reservoir your brakes will cease to work and you may not be able to stop and could get into accidents. Brake Fluid aids in the creation of inertia and force, enabling your car to stop when you step on the brake pedal.
3. Radiator Fluid
Your radiator was designed to keep your engine cool, but without radiator fluid it can’t do its job. Don’t let your engine run low because your trusty vehicle could end up overheating if you do. Radiator Fluid acts as a coolant for the engine, helping in the transfer of heat and avoiding damage that may be otherwise be caused it weren’t their.
4. Power Steering Fluid
In order for your car to continue the use of power steering, you need to make sure you keep an eye on its levels of power steering fluid. Power steering fluid keeps the mechanics that enable power steering working and you’ll want to be able to control your car to avoid dangerous accidents while out on the road. You will also want to make sure to keep your power steering belt in good condition to avoid your power steering fluid leaking.
5. Transmission Fluid
Your transmission in your car is important because it is the mechanics that help power your car. It is the gearbox that control speed and power to the vehicle. If you want to drive your car, you’ll need to be able to turn it on. Transmission fluid keeps your transmission in good working order by keeping it lubricated and preventing it from rusting.
6. Air Conditioning Coolant
If you have ever been stuck in traffic on a hot Summer day than you will understand the importance of a working air conditioner. Often referred to as “refrigerant” or “Freon” air conditioning fluid helps keep the inside of your car cool on hot days. You air conditioner wouldn’t be the same without it.
7. Windshield washer fluid
Have you ever been stuck on a dirt road behind a large vehicle, or had mud splashed on your windshield after a storm? I think most drivers have. This is dangerous because it can impair your vision. Windshield washer fluid may not do anything for your engine. Most days you might be able to get by without it. It is useful when you need to quickly clean your windshield to see the road ahead.
To keep your car working for years to come in optimal condition, maintain your levels of its essential fluids.