Beginners Guide to Fluid Exchange

Beginners Guide to Fluid Exchange

Vehicles use fluids to keep all of the moving parts lubricated and at correct temperament by transmitting heat away from it. Because there are many different fluids going on your car, it is very easy for them to become contaminated. When these fluids come into contact with dirt and clunky particles they are no longer abler to perform as well as they once did. Exchanging fluids will increase the lifespan of your car’s engine and, by extension, the car itself.

Let’s go through the most common vehicle fluid exchanges and when they should be executed:

Coolant Flush

As your engine runs and heats up, coolant transfers heat away from it, preventing the engine from overheating. When an engine overheats it can be thousands in repairs, if repairable at all. As a general rule of the thumb, you need to have your coolant flushed after every 40,000 miles.

Transmission Fluid

The details about when transmission fluid flushes should be undertaken should be in the owner’s manual, and depends on your car’s model and how you use it. If you can’t find your owner manual, you can consult a qualified technician to help flush your transmission fluid as and when necessary. Typically, transmission fluid flushes are done after the car has covered between 50,000 to 100,000 miles.

Power Steering Fluid

If you’re driving and your steering wheel becomes increasingly difficult to turn, you may not need a costly steering repair. Your power steering fluid helps lubricate the area and keeps your steering smooth. This fluid needs changed every 24 months.

Differential Fluid

This fluid is essential for movement in vehicles.  Differential fluid helps transit the power from the engine to the wheels. Transmission fluid is highly specialized and needs to be changed between 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

If you need fluid services performed, call Alamo AC today!

*Other fluids that need flushing in your car include brake fluid, engine oil, and fuel system fluid. It is not easy to change these fluids, so it is advisable not to try to change them by yourself.


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