Somersworth Auto Repair

What Fluids to Check in Your Car

Customers often want to know what Fluids to check in their Vehicle during the time in between Service
at Central Park Garage.

There are five primary fluids you want to check to stay safe on the road. These fluids are Brake Fluid,
Engine Coolant, Engine Oil, Power Steering Fluid, and Transmission Fluid.

Brake Fluid is the component in the Braking System which allows for the Brakes to compress and
decompress when using the Brake pedal. Insufficient or contaminated Brake Fluid can cause failure of
the Brake System, so maintaining the Brake Fluid is key to ensuring safety on the road. Most
manufacturers recommend performing a Brake Fluid Flush every 30,000 miles.

Engine Coolant is the fluid that is found in the Radiator and Cooling System. It keeps components such
as the Water Pump functioning properly and at optimal levels. There are several different types Coolant
and it is important to make sure the proper Coolant is used in your vehicle. The additives in the Coolant
break down over time which is why a Coolant Flush needs to be performed.

Engine Oil is essential to your Engine, without Oil, your Engine will fail. Engine Oil lubricates parts in the
Engine which allows for the Engine to function and run as it was designed. Failing to Change Your Oil
will increase the chances of the Oil level dropping, which may cause internal Engine damage that can be
beyond repair. An Oil Change should be performed every 3,000-6,000 miles, which varies depending on
the type of Oil used.

Power Steering Fluid is what allows for easy turning of the Steering Wheel and maneuvering of your
vehicle. This hydraulic fluid runs throughout the Steering components and lubricates the seals, o-rings
and lines that are within the Steering System. This fluid becomes contaminated over time and a Power
Steering Flush needs to be performed on a regular basis. This is can be the least expensive way to
maintain your Steering system and avoid major repairs.

Transmission Fluid must be maintained at a certain viscosity and level in your Transmission, it aids in the
gears shifting smoothly within the Transmission when you are driving. The recommendations on
mileage intervals for a Transmission Fluid Flush can vary greatly depending on the make and model of
your vehicle. Most are around 60,000 miles, but it is best to check before having the service performed.
You want to make sure you maintain your Transmission Fluid to increase the chances of avoiding major
Transmission issues.

If you know you need some of these Fluids addressed in your Vehicle, or if you’d like us to check on the
condition of these Fluids, please get in touch with us today! You can call us at (603)953-0047 or email us
at [email protected]. We’d be happy to perform any Flush on your vehicle to ensure your
safety on the road!



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