Every vehicle needs regular maintenance — and keeping your car’s fluids topped off is an essential part of car care. Here’s a look at a few of the car fluids you should monitor to ensure proper vehicle performance.
Also called antifreeze, coolant is a fluid that regulates your vehicle’s temperature. To check its levels, wait until your car is completely cooled off, then pop the radiator cap. If the coolant isn’t up to the line, top it off. Check coolant at least every six months, or more frequently in high temperatures.
Low transmission fluid may be the cause of rough shifting. Check it monthly to ensure that it’s still bright red and sufficiently full. As for how often you should replace it, consult your owner’s manual — it varies greatly between transmission types.
Oil should be checked monthly. Check to make sure it isn’t gritty or dark, and that your vehicle has enough oil to lubricate its engine. It should typically be changed every 3,000-5,000 miles, depending on your owner’s manual recommendations.
Brake fluid keeps your car’s brakes responsive and working properly. If you notice a braking issue, check the fluid levels by peeking into the reservoir, located on the driver’s side. Brake fluid should be checked at every oil change, and changed every two years or sooner, if it looks dark.
Power steering fluid
If you hear cracking, popping, or other odd noises when you steer, check to see if the power steering fluid is low. It’s a good idea to check this fluid monthly, and replace it every 50,000 miles.
In order to keep your vehicle healthy, it’s a good idea to have its fluids flushed and changed regularly. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for more details, and bring your car to the Jupiter Chevrolet service center in Garland, Texas for expert care.