Car Fluids: Maintenance and Importance

Are you keeping up with your car fluid maintenance? If not, you’re asking for major problems like an overheating engine, non-functioning brakes and an unresponsive power steering system. It’s easy to lose track of how often you should change your car’s fluids, since they all need to be changed at different intervals. That’s why many vehicle owners find themselves dealing with broken-down or malfunctioning cars. To avoid that, keep a running list of your last fluid changes, with dates and mileage. Store it in your glove box so you’re never caught by surprise.

Here’s why visiting a Las Vegas, NV auto shop to change your car fluids is so important:

  • Motor oil: Your engine’s oil is responsible for lubricating the moving parts, reducing heat and protecting your engine from other abrasions and damage. Most vehicles need to have their oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but be sure to check your owner’s manual. Your manufacturer may have special recommendations, including the type of oil you need to use for best results.
  • Power steering fluid: Your power steering fluid is part of the hydraulic system, responsible for helping you turn the wheels easily. Over time, it can pick up dirt and other contaminants, which makes your steering far less responsive. As soon as your steering feels like it’s more difficult than it should be, have the power steering fluid flushed and replaced. While every car is different, you should probably change it at least once every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.
  • Brake fluid: Brake fluid can collect moisture over time, which makes it less effective. Since your brakes are such a critical safety feature, you need to stay on top of your brake fluid changes, regardless of how often you drive. Most experts recommend changing the brake fluid every 20,000 miles or every two years.
  • Transmission fluid: Your transmission fluid does a lot of heavy lifting, like lubricating the transmission, preventing wear and corrosion, cleaning the transmission and keeping everything working when it’s cold outside. Most manufacturers recommend replacing your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, so you can get it changed when you replace your power steering fluid.
  • Coolant: Your radiator’s fluid is a mix of antifreeze and water, which helps keep the engine cool while it’s running. Over time, the coolant can become acidic or pick up dirt and debris. You should change your coolant every 24,000 to 36,000 miles, or every 24 to 36 months. (You might be able to coordinate this with your brake fluid or power steering and transmission fluid changes.)
  • Windshield wiper fluid: Finally, your windshield wiper fluid should be checked monthly, and you can do this one yourself. Pop the hood and check the wiper fluid container. If it’s less than a quarter full, simply top it off with an approved wiper fluid.

Keeping up on your fluid changes will ensure that your car operates smoothly, for much longer. To get help with car fluid changes, call Qwest Automotive Service or visit our auto shop in Las Vegas, NV today.