Keeping your vehicle’s fluids balanced is a necessity to keep any make and model in proper working order. Improperly balanced fluids, or a lack of fluids entirely, will certainly lead to disaster if left unchecked for too long. Fall is here and winter is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to check your fluids!
The engine oil is one of the most common maintenance items for a reason. It plays three vital roles within the engine block: lubricate, protect, and cool. Old oil and an insufficient amount will ultimately lead to mechanical problems down the road.
While the rule used to be to check the oil every time you get gas, most experts recommend checking the oil once a month in newer vehicles. In the same way, the 3,000-mile oil change rule no longer applies to modern vehicles. Most vehicles can travel at least 5,000 miles before needing fresh oil. Consult your owner’s manual to determine how often your vehicle needs an oil change.
Coolant is one of the most important fluids in your vehicle. It’s responsible for keeping your engine from overheating and freezing, depending on the season. Checking the coolant level is simple: remove the cap and make sure the coolant comes up to the fill line.
Experts recommend checking the coolant at least twice a year, before summer and winter. While climate and the make and model of vehicle play a major role in how often coolant needs replaced, most vehicles require fresh coolant every three years. Consult your owner’s manual or call the dealership service department for more information.
Brake fluid is housed within a closed system, so your vehicle should never run low. The brake fluid is responsible for keeping the brakes functioning as they’re supposed to. Drivers should check the brake fluid at every oil change and replace it every two years.
Stop in at Russell Honda today to have your vehicle’s fluids checked.