Our car maintenance tips and tricks
Oct 02

Fluids in your car that must be checked on a regular basis.

Whether you drive a car, SUV, or minivan that operates on gasoline, diesel, CNG, or electricity, keep in mind that all vehicles rely on various types of fluids. It’s your responsibility to make sure they don’t run out.
These five fluids are very necessary for your automobile to run and function correctly. It’s a good idea to conduct a fluid check in the automobile on a regular basis as part of your car maintenance.

Engine Oil
Many significant technical difficulties might arise if your car’s engine oil is low. Oil aids in the lubrication and cleanliness of your engine. As a result, if you ignore it, a lot can happen. If you run out of oil, the metal-on-metal friction in your engine will become so hot that it will practically fuse itself together. Assume you have oil in your engine but have never changed it. Over time, two things can happen. One, dirt may accumulate in the oil, causing it to become thick and abrasive, causing engine damage and eventual failure. Two, the beneficial components of the oil, such as detergents, rust inhibitors, and friction reducers, will degrade, resulting in lubrication loss.
As a result, your engine’s oil and filter should be changed on a regular basis. How frequently you should change your oil is determined by several factors, including the age of your vehicle, the type of oil you use, and your driving patterns and circumstances. Regularly changing your engine oil may help you avoid engine damage while also improving fuel efficiency, smoother engine performance, and extending the life of your engine. So, if your vehicle needs an oil change, take it to one of the nearby auto service professionals.

The coolant fluid keeps the engine at the proper temperature and prevents it from overheating. It allows for heat transmission as it passes through the engine, removing heat and transferring it to the air via a radiator. Look at the coolant reservoir, which has a minimum and maximum level plainly marked on it, to check the coolant. If the coolant level drops below the minimum, be sure you replenish it up. However, only do it once the engine has totally cooled down. It takes around 30 minutes on average.

transmission fluid
Your car transmission fluid has many purposes: it works as a hydraulic fluid that aids in gear changing, as well as cleaning and lubricating the gearbox’s interior working components. The transmission fluid becomes polluted over time because of many variables such as mileage, excessively hot or cold weather, and how you drive your car. Furthermore, because electronic control units are now integrated into current car transmission systems, maintaining your gearbox is more vital than ever.

That is why, like engine oil, manufacturers recommend replacing the transmission fluid and filter at regular intervals. There are hundreds of different transmission fluids and using the wrong one can cause harm to your transmission. As a result, it’s advisable to get assistance from a car maintenance professional and have your transmission system repaired as soon as possible.

brake fluid
The hydraulic link between your foot squeezing the brake pedal and your brake pads squeezing the calliper to stop your car is brake fluid. Brake fluid applies pressure to the brake pads, which causes the vehicle to come to a halt. Heat is created while the brakes are used, and at high temperatures, the brake fluid can boil, decreasing your car’s stopping capacity. Brake fluid collects moisture over time, and when the moisture level is high, the brake fluid boils at a lower temperature, resulting in a spongy brake pedal and longer stopping distance.
Power steering fluid
If your vehicle is equipped with a hydraulic power steering system, you must maintain track of the power steering fluid. A hydraulic power steering system uses pressurized fluid to move the steering wheel smoothly. This fluid becomes filthy with time, and dirty fluid has greater friction. The fluid becomes abrasive, which might damage the pump’s seals. If you hear strange noises when steering left or right, your power steering pump is most likely short on fluid. Look for a reservoir or dipstick in the engine bay, much like the other fluids. If the fluid level falls below the low mark, replace it with the one recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s handbook.

As a result, to be safe and prevent costly automobile repairs in the future, get your fluids checked by an auto service specialist. They have the necessary fluids, servicing tools, and training to maintain your car in top condition. Periodic oil and filter change needs to be scheduled on a routine basis with Smart Mechanics in Bishops Stortford and Stansted to always ensure your functions efficiently and smoothly.

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