Just like humans, your car is in need of fluids in the form of brake fluid, oils, coolant, and fuel in order to work and function properly. These fluids play an important role in keeping your car moving smoothly. It is important to check your fluid levels as part of a good maintenance.
Here are 4 fluids to check to keep your vehicle running smoothly.
Brake fluid renders the proper functioning of the brake system. It lubricates the component of your brake system, so it functions smoothly. In addition, it protects the system from corrosion. This is one of the most important fluids to check since it has something to do with your safety.
It is recommended to change your brake fluid every 3 years or every 45,000 miles. Failure to do so may result in significant reduction of braking capability. Every time you slam on the brakes pedal, there will be air in place of the brake fluid. As a result, the braking system won’t work as efficiently as it used to.
Your vehicle is composed of several parts. These parts rotate against each other constantly. Oil is used to lubricate these moving parts and to help them function safely and efficiently. Without enough oil, they may wear down prematurely and may lead to costly repairs. As such, we highly recommend that you check your oil on a regular basis.
Engine coolant is also known as anti-freeze. This fluid helps keep your engine cool during the summer and prevents your engine from freezing during the winter. Without the engine coolant, your car’s engine would overheat extremely fast. Check your coolant from time to time, especially in summer. If it’s below the minimum line, then fill it up.
Your car won’t move without fuel. This is quite easy to check. You just need to turn on the engine and look at the dashboard.
While this may seem like a one is a no-brainer, there are still some drivers who end up running out of fuel. Why? Because they fail to check if they have enough fuel before they leave. Make it a habit to look at the dashboard to see if you have enough fuel. Don’t wait for the fuel indicator light to come on before driving to the gasoline station.