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CAR FACTS
Fluid Maintenance

A  vehicle’s service life often extends to 200,000 miles + these days and good fluid maintenance practices are an important contributing factor to your vehicle’s longevity.

1.  Engine Oil.   Intervals vary depending upon the type of oil your vehicle uses.  Traditionally, oil is to be changed every 3,000 miles.  Some of today’s oils do allow longer service intervals but you must be certain you are using an oil compatible with your manufacturer’s engine requirements.

2.  Automatic Transmission Fluid.  Some manufacturers consider this a “lifetime” fluid; others recommend changing at certain intervals.  You can check this in your owner’s manual.  NOTE:  we do NOT recommend “flushing” transmissions but we do recommend fluid changes.

3.  Manual Transmission Fluid.  4-Wheel Drive Vehicles.  Be certain to use fluid recommended by the vehicle manufacturer to meet application-specific lubricant requirements and maintain proper performance.

4.  Drive Axle Lubrication.  Drive axles in vehicles driven in snowy climates tend to absorb water  which will contaminate the axle oil.  Check to see if your owner’s manual recommends changing at certain intervals or only if the oil becomes contaminated.

5.  Cooling System.  If your coolant appears rusty or off-color, or if it doesn’t test at the maximum rated freezing point, it should be replaced.   Be aware of any leaks you may see or any coolant warning lights that come on and have your vehicle checked.     NEVER OPEN YOUR RADIATOR CAP WHEN HOT.

6.  Brake Fluid.  Brake fluid levels should be checked periodically and flushed every two years or during replacement of certain brake system parts.

 7.  Power Steering Fluid.  Power steering fluid can become contaminated with wear particles or moisture.  Have it checked periodically.


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