Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

5 Important Fluids To Check This Fall

Fluids

What better way to start the Fall season than with a maintenance check for your vehicle? While vehicles have come a long way, they aren’t entirely maintenance-free. Your vehicle has several essential fluids to keep it functioning properly. Maintaining proper fluid levels will ensure your vehicle drives better and lasts longer. Below are five critical fluids to check this fall to keep your vehicle running strong through winter. 

Engine Oil
Engine oil is one of the most important fluids. The engine has components that constantly spin, and the engine oil serves as a lubricant. The engine oil keeps the engine parts moving smoothly without much grinding or friction. It’s best to check your engine oil while your vehicle is cold or cooled off. Pull the dipstick out, wipe it, and re-insert it. The engine should be near maximum and clean looking. Low, dark, or gritty engine oil should be changed. 

Power Steering Fluid
Most power steering systems are hydraulic. This means they use pressurized fluid to make turning the steering wheel fluid and effortless. Check your vehicle’s owner manual for a timeframe on when the power steering fluid should be replaced. Similar to the engine oil, the power steering fluid has a dipstick to check levels and can be topped off if it’s too low. 

Coolant
Due to the constant friction and combustion, the engine is extremely hot. Coolant, true to its name, keeps things cool by absorbing the hot engine temperature and dissipating it through the radiator. Low coolant can be topped off, as without it can cause the engine to overheat. If the coolant is consistently low, it may be a sign that there’s a leak, and you should get it inspected. 

Brake Fluid
The brakes inside our cars are hydraulic. This means that brake fluid connects the brake to the pedal. Stepping on the pedal pressurizes the brake fluid. One the fluid is pressurized, the brake pads clamp on the rotor and slow the vehicle down. Brake fluid needs maintenance with time, and without it can cause a decrease in performance. The brake fluid keeps you safe and should be prioritized during Fall maintenance. 

Windshield Wiper Fluid
Fall and Winter months are typically windshield wiper friendly. It’s best to check that the wiper fluid is adequately filled. If not, the wiper fluid is inexpensive, and you can pop the hood top it off pretty quickly. 

Fall vehicle maintenance service in Denver, CO. 
Fall is an ideal time to check all of your vehicle’s essential fluids. When the fluids are clean and topped off, a car runs stronger. If checking these fluids yourself intimidates you, reach out to Pro Auto Care. Our professional ASE certified automotive mechanics would be happy to inspect your vehicle’s fluids and top them.