Your Car Needs a Drink

March 1st, 2016 by

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Your Car Needs a Drink

The Importance of Keeping the Fluids Within your Car at the Level They Should Be

Humans are comprised of approximately 70% of water within their bodies. That water level has to be maintained for our bodies to work as they should a lack of water can lead to a number of different ailments including dehydration and even organ failure if the water level remains low for too long. Although most of us understand the importance of proper water levels within our own bodies, some people do not understand that their cars have fluids that must be maintained for them to run as they should. Here are some of the fluids that need to be kept at a specific level to ensure that the car works properly.

Oil

One of the first lessons every car owner learns is that the oil is required to run the engine within the car. It has to be changed regularly according to your specific car models recommendations. For most vehicles the oil needs to be changed around every 3000 miles. Neglecting to change the oil can lead to a buildup of old oil within the engine. If the oil is not changed for long enough the engine can lock up resulting in a very costly repair or even having to replace the entire car.

The type of oil used is also something that should be properly examines. All oils are not made for all vehicle types. Your specific vehicle model may call for a specific type of oil. In addition, the mileage of the car will have an impact on the type of oil used. High mileage vehicles have to have a specialized high mileage oil in order for the systems to continue to run at their optimum level. It is best to trust your vehicle’s oil changes to a licensed mechanic to ensure that the proper oil is used and that no underlying problems are evident.

Transmission Fluid

Apart from the engine, the transmission is the main driving force behind your car. Without the transmission your car would be nothing more than a giant paperweight and just like the engine it needs its own fluid to ensure that all parts work as they should. Transmission fluid is not something that we check often, but we should. It can be checked much like we check our oil and many times is located close to the oil stick. Each time you check you oil level it is a good idea to check the transmission fluid level as well.

Transmission fluid does not tend to have to be changed as often as oil, but it does have to be changed from time to time. The changing times are specific to the type of vehicle you drive, but it does need to be done by a licensed mechanic. A transmission flush and refill can also allow your mechanic to look for any underlying problems that may have been missed during your regularly scheduled oil change.

Brake Fluid

Brakes on our cars are not just brake pads that enable the vehicle to stop. They are far more in-depth than that. Brakes also have their own fluid that needs to be maintained. Brake fluid keeps the brake components lubricated, so the parts can work together to effectively stop the vehicle. Brake fluid is not a fluid that has to be changed, but it does have to be added to from time to time. Most cars have an indicator light to tell the driver when the brake fluid needs to be added. Sometimes however the place the brake fluid should be added to can be hard to find and even hard to reach once it is found, so a mechanic may need to do this for you also.

Coolant

The radiator keeps the engine from overheating and for that to properly take place the radiator has to be properly filled with coolant. Some people will tell you that water will work just the same, but it does not. Some vehicles can run with water and some cannot, but you do not want to take a chance on this because not having coolant within your vehicle can severely damage or even completely shut down your engine. The coolant level is usually a large tank under the hood with a visible fill line. Keep coolant within your vehicle at all times, so if you have to add any, it is available. This is very important during winter as standard water can freeze and crack the radiator while the car is sitting through the night.

The Experts in Fluid Levels

Bill Delord Cadillac Buick GMC is your number one servicing establishment if you live in Dayton, Cincinnati, Middletown, Xenia, Wilmington, or Hamilton. We are the experts on all vehicle maintenance and we invite you to our servicing department to see the difference. All of our mechanics are licensed and will help you maintain the fluid levels within your vehicle and offer valuable advice on any additional underlying issues that come about. We service all Cadillac, Buick, and GMC models and do so with the utmost in professionalism. Come see us today. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Your Car Needs a Drink

The Importance of Keeping the Fluids Within your Car at the Level They Should Be

Humans are comprised of approximately 70% of water within their bodies. That water level has to be maintained for our bodies to work as they should a lack of water can lead to a number of different ailments including dehydration and even organ failure if the water level remains low for too long. Although most of us understand the importance of proper water levels within our own bodies, some people do not understand that their cars have fluids that must be maintained for them to run as they should. Here are some of the fluids that need to be kept at a specific level to ensure that the car works properly.

Oil

One of the first lessons every car owner learns is that the oil is required to run the engine within the car. It has to be changed regularly according to your specific car models recommendations. For most vehicles the oil needs to be changed around every 3000 miles. Neglecting to change the oil can lead to a buildup of old oil within the engine. If the oil is not changed for long enough the engine can lock up resulting in a very costly repair or even having to replace the entire car.

The type of oil used is also something that should be properly examines. All oils are not made for all vehicle types. Your specific vehicle model may call for a specific type of oil. In addition, the mileage of the car will have an impact on the type of oil used. High mileage vehicles have to have a specialized high mileage oil in order for the systems to continue to run at their optimum level. It is best to trust your vehicle’s oil changes to a licensed mechanic to ensure that the proper oil is used and that no underlying problems are evident.

Transmission Fluid

Apart from the engine, the transmission is the main driving force behind your car. Without the transmission your car would be nothing more than a giant paperweight and just like the engine it needs its own fluid to ensure that all parts work as they should. Transmission fluid is not something that we check often, but we should. It can be checked much like we check our oil and many times is located close to the oil stick. Each time you check you oil level it is a good idea to check the transmission fluid level as well.

Transmission fluid does not tend to have to be changed as often as oil, but it does have to be changed from time to time. The changing times are specific to the type of vehicle you drive, but it does need to be done by a licensed mechanic. A transmission flush and refill can also allow your mechanic to look for any underlying problems that may have been missed during your regularly scheduled oil change.

Brake Fluid

Brakes on our cars are not just brake pads that enable the vehicle to stop. They are far more in-depth than that. Brakes also have their own fluid that needs to be maintained. Brake fluid keeps the brake components lubricated, so the parts can work together to effectively stop the vehicle. Brake fluid is not a fluid that has to be changed, but it does have to be added to from time to time. Most cars have an indicator light to tell the driver when the brake fluid needs to be added. Sometimes however the place the brake fluid should be added to can be hard to find and even hard to reach once it is found, so a mechanic may need to do this for you also.

Coolant

The radiator keeps the engine from overheating and for that to properly take place the radiator has to be properly filled with coolant. Some people will tell you that water will work just the same, but it does not. Some vehicles can run with water and some cannot, but you do not want to take a chance on this because not having coolant within your vehicle can severely damage or even completely shut down your engine. The coolant level is usually a large tank under the hood with a visible fill line. Keep coolant within your vehicle at all times, so if you have to add any, it is available. This is very important during winter as standard water can freeze and crack the radiator while the car is sitting through the night.

The Experts in Fluid Levels

Bill Delord Cadillac Buick GMC is your number one servicing establishment if you live in Dayton, Cincinnati, Middletown, Xenia, Wilmington, or Hamilton. We are the experts on all vehicle maintenance and we invite you to our servicing department to see the difference. All of our mechanics are licensed and will help you maintain the fluid levels within your vehicle and offer valuable advice on any additional underlying issues that come about. We service all Cadillac, Buick, and GMC models and do so with the utmost in professionalism. Come see us today. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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