Fluid Motions: Which Vehicle Fluids Need to Be Checked on the Regular
Free and easy down the road we go. Well, that’s if you’ve kept up with regular vehicle maintenance. Just like water hydrates the body to keep it functioning at optimal levels, your vehicle’s fluids work to do the same for your car.
Your vehicle is home to several types of fluids that all work in their harmoniously to aid in your car’s functionability. Let’s do a quick run through of fluids that should be checked on the regular.
Your vehicle’s transmission fluid is really the driving force behind your vehicles movement. This pressurized oil is crucial to functionality and works to lubricate, clean and cool your vehicle’s transmission. Like all vehicle fluids transmission fluid levels should be checked regularly both for quality and quantity.
When it comes to vehicle fluids, this one takes the cake in popularity, so popular in fact that we’ve designated oil changes to be our Signature Service. Engine oil requires the most maintenance and as such, is the one that you will have to check most often. Working under pressure, this oil functions as a lubricant that keep your engines components moving smoothing and reduces heat. When oil levels drop it causes pressure loss resulting in detrimental engine wear and tear if not addressed promptly.
You may not be able to keep your cool if you’re running low on this fluid. Also known as anti-freeze, this diverse fluid helps to keep your engine cool on hot summer days, but likewise works to keep your engine from seizing up during the cold winter season. This ethylene glycol formula is partially water-based and should be checked regularly to ensure optimal performance. For more in-depth information check out our Anti-Freeze Education blog!
Power Steering Fluid
Putting the ‘power’ in power steering, this hydraulic fluid is pressurized to move through either side of your rack-and-pinion steering column to assist you with turning your car’s wheels. If you have ever driven a car without power steering you know it’s hard on the arms, so be thankful that this lovely invention makes turning a breeze. To ensure your steering moves smoothly, up-keep of this fluid is key, as when it gets low you may hear noises when steering or even notice that steering becomes more difficult. Keep your vehicle steering in the right direction with an adequate supply of power steering fluid.
Keep your car moving forward with fluid motion by checking your vehicle’s levels regularly and following your owner’s manual recommended service intervals. We’re always here to help! Stop in at your local Jiffy Lube to have your fluid levels checked and changed.
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