Just about every driver understands the importance of getting an oil change. When you run out of windshield washer fluid, you’ll refill it, so you can maintain clear visibility of the road. However, these aren’t the only fluids you need to pay attention to. There are several other fluids that have a direct impact on the performance and maintenance of crucial auto parts.
3 Fluids That Impact Key Auto Parts
Your brakes depend on fluid to supply the pressure needed to stop the car. Brake fluid levels should remain constant over time and will generally only drop if a leak occurs. Leaking fluid will cause erratic performance while braking; for example, you may need to press the brake pedal to the floor to stop the vehicle.
Do you know when you need to change the transmission fluid? Maintenance needs will vary widely depending on your vehicle make and model, as well as whether you have an automatic or manual transmission. Consult your owner’s manual, and use a dipstick to check fluid condition on a regular basis. Clean fluid is bright red; dark brown or black fluid should be replaced.
3. Power Steering
Power steering fluid plays a vital role by providing hydraulic power and helping you turn the wheels. When the fluid is running low, you’ll often hear squealing or whining sounds when attempting to turn. A prompt refill is crucial to avoid serious damage to the steering system.
Whether you need replacement auto parts or the fluids that keep them running properly, you’ll find what you need at Smyth Automotive. In business since 1963, their 24 locations throughout Ohio and Kentucky offer a wide array of original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket car parts to assist you with your repairs. To learn more about their inventory, visit them online or call (513) 528-2800. For more tips and tricks, listen to Smyth Automotive's podcasts for all devices. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more posts and information.