Car Fluid Maintenance
Your vehicle has a lot of different fluids running through it to
keep it working. Many car fluids need to be replaced regularly, to avoid consequences. Here, we
give a brief overview of many different car fluids.
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Also known as ATF, this car fluid keeps the automatic transmission
in your car working properly by lubricating and cooling it. Many
people don’t realize it, but remembering to replace this fluid as
needed can help you avoid costly transmission problems down the
road. Transmission fluid is usually red or green. However, darkened
or black transmission fluid indicates it should be replaced. Similar
in the way dirty oil can ruin your engine, dirty transmission fluid
can ruin your transmission. Hoffman Auto Repair offers a
transmission flush as one of our many engine and transmission
Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that gives your brakes the pressure
and power they need to stop your vehicle. As such, it’s a very
important car fluid. As brake fluid ages, it collects moisture and
needs to be replaced when its moisture content gets too high.
However, this happens very slowly, so brake fluid only needs to be
replaced about once every one or two years. If brake fluid ever gets
low, this almost always indicates a problem with the vehicle. If you
bring your vehicle to Hoffman Auto Repair in Canal Winchester, we
can diagnose and fix the problem to get your brakes working again.
The parts under the hood of your vehicle can get extremely hot –
well over 300 degrees in some cases. If the heat isn’t controlled,
it can cause serious damage. That’s where this car fluid comes in.
Although auto engines are considered “water-cooled” engines, plain
water is insufficient and can damage a vehicle over time. Automotive
coolant is water with several additives to keep it from harming the
vehicle. For example, unlike plain water, coolant uses additives to
have a very low freezing point and very high boiling point, which
keeps ice and steam from damaging the system. Coolant also has
corrosion inhibitors and lubricant for the coolant pump added in as
well. Ask us at Hoffman Auto Repair if it's time for your
cooling system fluids to be flushed and replaced.
This is the car fluid you hear the most about. Motor oil is like the
life-blood of your engine – it lubricates, protects, and even cools
the engine. As such, following a healthy oil changing schedule is an
important part of car maintenance. As oil is used by the vehicle, it
begins to break down and collect soot and other particles from
engine combustion. These particles rub over the engine parts and
cause wear and tear. An oil filter prevents most of this damage.
However, as the filter fills with dirt and sludge from the oil, it
becomes less effective. This is why you should change your oil and
oil filter after 3,000 or so miles. You can learn more about oil and
oil changes by visiting the oil changing
section on this website.
Power Steering Fluid
Like brake fluid, power steering fluid is part of a hydraulics
system. It gives you power to turn the wheel of the vehicle easily. As
seals and other internal parts begin to wear out, Power Steering
get contaminated with dust, moisture and metal particles. This can cause a costly repair
of the power steering pump if the fluid is not flushed or replaced.
If you feel changes in the way your vehicle turns, or if you hear
any new strange noises when turning, bring it in to Hoffman Auto Repair to
see if it needs any of our steering and suspension services.