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What Fluids Need to Be Changed in My Car?

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, it can be difficult to keep track of all the different fluids you may need to change. But regular maintenance can save you a lot of money, and a lot of headaches, down the road. So what are the different fluids you need to change?

Engine Oil

Your engine's oil is one of the most important fluids in your vehicle. It keeps all the moving parts well lubricated and prevents excessive wear and tear. You should generally get it changed every 5000 miles, or every 6 months, whichever comes first. Although you'll want to monitor your oil levels at least once a month to check for leaks.

Engine Coolant

Your engine's coolant is designed to help keep an even temperature throughout your engine. Whether it's hot out, or cold out. You should generally check your levels twice a year, once before winter, and once before summer. When you get it changed will depend on two things, your vehicle, and the fluid you use. But a rule of thumb is about every 50,000 miles.

Transmission Fluid

Your transmission fluid helps to lubricate the moving parts in your gearbox and provides the hydraulic pressure that makes everything run smoothly. When you change it will also depend on your specific vehicle, but it's between 30-60,000 miles. If you let it go longer than that, you can end up damaging gears and the transmission itself.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is responsible for amplifying the force of your brakes. If you start running low, or if the fluid becomes dirty, you can start getting air bubbles in your brake lines. This leads to brakes that feel spongy and have less power behind them. This can happen suddenly and can lead to a crash that otherwise wouldn't have occurred. So it's important to pay attention to your brake fluids levels.

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid is another type of fluid that amplifies your movements. Without it, every turn you make would require a large amount of strength on your part. Having your power steering fail on your can be a terrifying experience, so it's important to check for leaks on a regular basis.

If you need fluid services performed, don't hesitate to give Fuller Automotive a call today!

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