Every vehicle requires essential fluids to operate and survive. One ways to get your car ready for winter is to check your car fluid levels. You may want to consider dropping by automotive repair shop to have the fluids checked. A mechanic from Gene’s Auto Repair Shop can check your fluid and refill as needed.

Here are 4 fluids you should check before winter settles.

Brake fluid

Brake fluid keeps your brakes working properly. Check the brake fluid reservoir to determine how much brake fluid you have. Most vehicles have a transparent plastic reservoir, so you won’t have a hard time checking it. Brake fluid levels should be at least half full and no more than 7/8. If it’s between the upper and lower marking, then you don’t need to do anything. But if it’s below the lower marking, indicate worn or leaky brakes. Take your car to a mechanic to have the brakes checked.

Anti-freeze

Coolant or anti-freeze keeps your car running cool. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for changing the anti-freeze to keep the cooling system operating at peak performance. To prevent freezing and boiling over, the engine cooling system should be filled with a mixture of distilled water and anti-freeze.

Automatic transmission fluid

Transmission fluid is what keeps the gears on your car moving smoothly. Some cars have sealed transmission. You may need a professional to check the fluid level.

Unless you have a new vehicle, it is best to change the fluid and filter every 30,000 miles. The quality of the fluid also matters. It should be reddish. If the fluid turns brown and smells burnt, then you need to have it replaced.

Oil

Oil is the lifeblood of your car. It cools and cleans internal engine parts and lubricates moving parts. Your car’s engine is working very hard in winter. As such, it is important to check your oil regularly and keep them full. If you use conventional, non-synthetic oil, then you need to change your oil before winter settles to keep your vehicle running in optimal form. Synthetic oil is recommended for winter because of its ability to stand up against severe conditions.