While there are many auto parts that should be inspected and replaced on a routine basis to keep your car functioning properly, you should never overlook the fluids that keep everything running. With proper care, these fluids will ensure safe driving conditions on the road. The following fluids should take top priority.
What Fluids Should You Regularly Check in Your Car?
1. Brake Fluid
Few auto parts are more important for your safety than your brakes, and pressurized fluid helps power this system. When water contaminates the fluid, you could experience a spongy brake pedal or increased stopping distance. Clean the brake fluid reservoir before opening the tank to avoid contamination. The fluid should be translucent and between the minimum and maximum lines; dark fluid should be replaced. Depending on the vehicle, the brake fluid should be changed every two to three years.
2. Motor Oil
As the fluid that lubricates the engine’s moving components, the motor oil needs to be changed far more frequently than other fluids. Depending on your vehicle’s make and model, oil changes should typically happen every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. In addition, drivers should check oil levels every month using the dipstick. If levels are low or the oil is dark black or has gritty particles, it’s time for a change.
Coolant keeps the engine and other auto parts from overheating while you’re driving. Coolant should generally be replaced after 50,000 miles, but it’s a good idea to routinely check the levels inside the radiator to make sure you don’t have a leak. Only perform this check when the engine has been off for a while to avoid burning yourself.
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