Important Vehicle Fluids and Why

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Your car’s fluids are responsible for various functions such as engine performance, steering, and braking. As a vehicle owner, it’s important to devote some time to fluid maintenance. Maintaining your car’s fluids will help you extend the vehicle’s longevity while also ensuring optimal performance. Let’s go over some of the most important fluids that you need to monitor and maintain.

Motor Oil

Motor oil keeps the engine’s moving components lubricated. Over time, the oil can get sludgy, making it impossible for it to do its job. Thus, it’s important to monitor your levels and change the oil based on your manufacturer’s recommendations.

You can check the oil by opening the hood and pulling out the oil dipstick. Wipe the stick off with a clean cloth. Then slide it back in and pull it out once again. You’ll see the oil’s level and condition. While you can top off the oil if it’s low, consider getting an oil change instead. Also, you’ll need an oil change if the oil is dirty.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid keeps your braking system operational. If your brake fluid gets low, your entire braking system could fail. Have the technician check your brake fluid when changing your oil. Also, look for signs of leaking brake fluid. If your brake fluid leaks or gets low at any time, head directly to a mechanic.

Power Steering Fluid

Have you noticed how easy it is to turn your car? That’s because of the power steering fluid. It ensures that turns are accurate and smooth, making driving a breeze. Unfortunately, if your power steering fluid gets low or dirty, turning will become challenging. In fact, you might think that you have suspension failure. Check the fluid regularly to ensure that you don’t end up with transmission damage.

Radiator Fluid

Your radiator fluid has two major responsibilities. First, it prevents your engine from overheating, and second, it keeps it from freezing. If your levels are too low, extreme temperatures or stress could damage your engine. Check the fluid level and add as needed. Also, consider keeping some spare radiator fluid in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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Transmission Fluid

You can thank transmission fluid for your car’s smooth shifting. However, if your fluid becomes low or gets dirty, you can damage your transmission. Avoid that by checking your transmission fluid regularly and adding fluid when needed.

Barbour-Hendrick Honda Greenville in Greenville, North Carolina, can help you manage your fluids and provide additional preventative maintenance as well. However, if your car is beyond fluid management, you can consider an upgrade at our dealership. We have new and pre-owned Hondas in stock, as well as used vehicles from other manufacturers.