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Tips for Maintaining Your Car's Fluids

Last updated 3 years ago

In order to maximize your car’s longevity and operational capacity, it is important that the oils and fluids that lubricate its various parts and help it run smoothly be properly maintained. To stay on top of your automotive fluid flushings and oil changes, follow this advice pertaining to automotive fluid levels.

Engine Oil

In addition to keeping your engine from freezing, having the proper levels of engine oil in your car will maximize its longevity. Checking your engine oil is easy, and is something you should do at least once a month to ensure that your engine has the right amount of oil and is not contaminated. Even when your engine oil looks fine, you should have it changed as frequently as your owner’s manual recommends.

Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid does not need to be changed as frequently as engine oil, but should be changed promptly when its level drops low. If you spot brown or red oil stains or oily patches on the ground near where you have been parking your car, there may be a crack in your transmission system and you should have it inspected by your automotive repair professional.

Brake Fluid

Driving with a leaky brake system can be dangerous, making it imperative that you check your car’s brake fluid level any time you suspect it may be low. Locate your car’s brake fluid reservoir, check its current level, and fill if its current level has dropped below two-thirds capacity. If the oil level falls noticeably in a few days’ time, schedule a brake service appointment to have a professional check for leaks in your brake system.

Other automotive fluids to maintain in accordance with the guidelines recommended in your vehicle owner’s manual include battery fluid, radiator fluid, air conditioning fluid, and windshield wiper fluid. If you have been monitoring your automotive fluid levels and think that something is out of kilter with one or more of them, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair at (404) 252-9895. We offer automotive repair and maintenance services, including oil changes and brake repairs, in Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Tucker, Cumming, Smyrna, and Dunwoody.


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