What Fluids Does My Car Need? | Christian Brothers Automotive, West Wichita

What Fluids Does My Car Need? | Christian Brothers Automotive, West Wichita

While filling your car up with gas, maintaining tire pressure and replacing your battery are all important elements of regular car maintenance, your vehicle’s fluids are also extremely vital to the overall performance of your vehicle. Checking your car’s fluids on a regular basis is a great way to improve performance and ensure that everything is operating as it should be—including without leaks!

Fortunately, your car’s fluids are fairly straightforward, and a good mechanic can check them as part of your regular vehicle inspections to make sure things are in good sheep. Read on to learn about the five essential fluids every vehicle has.

The 5 Essential Fluids for Your Vehicle

Engine Oil
One of the more well-known fluids, engine oil runs through every part of your car’s engine and is extremely important to your car’s function and performance. Fortunately, you likely already have a regular oil change schedule developed—but if not, now is a great time to start!

Engines produce quite a bit of heat, which is why coolant (also sometimes called antifreeze) is necessary to keep them from overheating. Your coolant should generally be checked around 50,000 miles, but your owner’s manual will have the specific interval for your model.

Power Steering Fluid
Many people tend to forget that power steering has not always been around—but if you have ever driven without it, you are likely quite thankful for its existence! Power steering fluid keeps turning a breeze so you can drive safely and effectively.

Brake Fluid
Modern brakes are hydraulic, meaning brake fluid is required for their operation. If your brakes start to feel less sensitive or “off,” checking your brake fluid is always recommended as it may be a sign of low levels or a leak.

Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid allows your car’s gears to shift smoothly, and rarely needs replacing. However, if your car is shifting roughly, there may be a leak or another issue with the fluid that must be addressed.

Curious about your car’s fluid levels? We can help! Fluid checks are part of our Complimentary Courtesy Inspections, so make an appointment today to make sure you’re in good shape.