There are a multitude of fluids that keep your car running like a top. Still, these five essential fluids are integral to your vehicle's overall health. This list may be debatable, but here is a simple breakdown of five of the most important fluids for your car:
Engine Oil: All vehicles run on some kind of oil, which makes it so necessary for you to get your oil checked regularly, no matter the make or model of your car. Your engine oil lubricates your engine, ensuring that it runs smoothly and avoids overheating. To check your engine oil, go for a quick drive and let your engine cool. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, insert it back in all the way, and pull out. The oil should be past the oil line, and be yellowish and clear in color. If it looks particularly dark or has particles in it, it might be time for an oil change. If not, you can top it off with your recommended oil brand listed in your owner's manual and call it a day!
Radiator Fluid: Radiator fluid also helps to keep your engine from overheating. Should you run low on radiator fluid, you might run the risk of overheating your car. You don't want that to happen while you're out and about! Instead of running the risk of getting stuck on the side of the road, invest in regular checks of your radiator fluid. Always check your radiator fluid after having driven, but don't attempt to do so while it's still hot or cold.
Transmission Fluid: Transmission fluid has the job of keeping your transmission lubricated. In doing so, it helps prevent many expensive problems down the line from popping up due to poor transmission maintenance. By allowing for smooth lubrication, you avoid transmission damage and keep it from overheating. You'll want to make sure your transmission fluid levels are full, as well as its quality. Transmission fluid should be pink or clear. If you see particles in your transmission fluid, or it smells burnt, change out this fluid right away.
Brake Fluid: Brake fluid is essential to keeping up your car's braking system. Hydraulic brake fluid is responsible for moving the different car braking system components and keeping your stops reactive and speedy. Your brake fluid operates under high temperatures and pressure, which is what allows you to stop when you hit your brake pedals.
Power Steering Fluid: This fluid allows your power steering to function normally by adding lubrication to this driving system. It also adds power and control to your hands when driving, allowing for greater control over maneuverability of your wheels. You should be able to see your power steering fluid from outside its reservoir, which will show you when you need to top it off. Check the levels the same way you would your oil, with a dipstick, and top it off if you need to.
There are so many different fluids inside your vehicle, but the team at Brown Motor Works NE hopes that this showed you a bit about each of these top five! Let the pros at Brown Motor Works NE help you get the most out of your vehicle for as long as possible. We love partnering with our clients to maximize vehicle longevity and performance. Stop by Brown Motor Works NE for all your auto maintenance and repair needs.Schedule an appointment today!