How And When To Change Your Car FluidsJuly 26, 2019 11:51 am
Almost all of the mechanical components in your car are driven by, controlled by, or assisted by a form of fluid. Certain fluids like engine oil and transmission fluid are immensely important and can lead to some serious issues if left unchanged. Engine oil can coagulate and create a thick sludge that will actively stop your engine from functioning efficiently. Luckily, a good DIY home mechanic can change most of these fluids. If you are looking for all of the tools and parts you need to successfully start changing your car’s fluids on your own, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you find exactly what you are looking for and help answer any questions that you may have.
Power Steering Fluid
Power steering fluid helps make it easy for you to turn your car’s tires. Cars without power steering can feel like a real wrestling match on the road, making quick evasive maneuvers all but impossible. Over time, power steering fluid will accumulate grit and sludge, which gets into the rack and pinion seals and actively destroys them. Once power steering fluid starts to break down, it will generally start leaking out or will create loud creaking noises when you turn your vehicle. Most mechanics recommend that you flush your power steering fluid roughly every 50,000 miles.
Transmission fluid helps your gearbox seamlessly change between gears. You may be running low on transmission fluid if you are noticing sluggish shifts, erratic shifts, any gear slippage or if your transmission is becoming overheated. Most vehicles require transmission fluid to be changed every 30,000-60,000 miles, though if you are using your vehicle for any heavy towing or hard usage, many manufacturers recommend that you change your transmission fluid every 15,000 miles.
Engine oil is one of the most important fluids in your vehicle as it keeps your engine running smoothly and free of harmful material. Due to the fact that engine oil is so important to your car’s health, car companies have made your oil the easiest fluid to check. Many cars have lights and indicators on your dashboard that let you know when your car is running low on oil, though you can easily take monitoring your engine oil into your own hands. Every few weeks all you need to do is pop your hood, remove your dipstick and clean it off with a clean rag. Dip the metal stick into the oil and check the levels to make sure you have sufficient oil. Given just how important engine oil is, it is recommended that you get your oil changed every 3-5,000 miles.
Brake fluid is what creates the pressure on your brake pads and affects how quickly your car can come to a stop. There are no hard and fast rules about when you should change your brake fluid. It is recommended that you change your brake fluid at least once every few years, though if you are noticing any decrease in stopping power, you should change your fluid sooner.
Changing the fluids in your car can be a quick and easy fix if you know what you are doing. If you want tips on changing your fluids or any other DIY fixes, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you find all the parts you need at prices that can’t be beat.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling