Every car owner is aware of the need for regular oil changes to prevent engine damage, and to keep your vehicle running smoothly.
There are many other important fluids in your vehicle as well, that also require regular attention. These fluids should be checked on a consistent basis to make sure they are at the collect level, and not filthy.

Fluid Maintenance Brampton

Take care of all your automotive fluid needs at Valvoline Express Care in Brampton. Come in a get a full tune up, no appointment necessary.
A few of the fluids to keep an eye on are:

  • Oil
  • Brake fluid
  • Wiper fluid
  • Transmission fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Coolants/antifreeze/rad fluid
  • Air conditioning fluid

Oil

This is obviously the most widely recognized automotive fluid that requires routine maintenance. It is also the most essential for your vehicle’s performance.
Oil is necessary for lubricating the parts of the engine to reduce friction, wear and tear, and over-heating. The longer your oil goes unchanged, the dirtier it becomes. The dirtier is gets, the thicker it gets, and the less lubrication it provides for the engine.

Brake Fluid

When pressure is applied to the brakes in your car, brake fluid is essential to ensure your car stops in a timely fashion. Putting your foot on the brake pedal triggers the brake fluid to move through the brake system to cause your vehicle to slow down and eventually stop. Overtime the brake fluid takes in moisture, causing it to be less effective. Brake fluid should be checked as part of routine maintenance.

Wiper Fluid

Wiper fluid is an example of a fluid that gets used up and will need to be replaced. How often wiper fluid needs to be refilled will depend on how much you drive, and the driving conditions you are exposed to.
Keeping your wiper fluid topped up provides peace of mind, knowing you can maintain optimal visibility through your windshield.

Transmission Fluid

If you don’t take of your car’s transmission, it can be an absolute nightmare to fix. An expensive nightmare at that.
Transmission fluid drives the transmission system and helps keep it lubricated. The power generated by the engine is carried to the wheels through the transmission system to get your car moving.
If transmission fluid is not changed it begins to accumulate dirt and grime that can inhibit function and eventually cause seizure.

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid is required to facilitate turning a corner in your vehicle. If your power steering fluid runs out, it will be pretty easy to tell. You will likely feel like you need to start lifting weights just to make a turn in your car.
Power steering fluid should be changed every two years or so, to keep the system lubricated and working efficiently.

Coolants

Coolants are necessary to help regulate the temperature of your vehicle. For example, rad fluid is needed to prevent the engine from overheating. If you live in area that experiences colder temperatures, antifreeze will be required as well. This can be achieved with one fluid that has both antifreeze and cooling capabilities.

Air Conditioning Fluid

In preparation for the summer season, it is a good idea to have your air conditioner fluid checked. This fluid is responsible for operating the air conditioning unit in your car, and is also known as refrigerant or freon. It should be topped up to allow for optimal performance.

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