Maintenance is Key to a Healthy Car. Don’t Forget These Items too

By Justin Cupler | August 8th, 2018

Your vehicle was a huge investment, so you want to keep it running, right? To keep it running, you have to maintain it, and we mean more than just the occasional oil changes. Here are three oft-forgotten maintenance items that if left incomplete can cause big-time issues in the long run.

Automatic Transmission Fluid

Your vehicle’s automatic transmission plays a huge role in making everything work as it transfers the power from the engine to the wheels. Inside the transmission is a fluid that acts as a hydraulic oil to facilitate gear changes, a lubricant, a cleaner, and a coolant. As the heat, friction, and contaminants break down the transmission fluid, it loses its ability to perform its key functions. Leaving the transmission fluid in this condition can cause expensive damage, but changing it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations can help prevent problems.

Most manufacturers recommend a flush or a filter and fluid replacement once every 40,000 to 60,000 miles. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specifics.

Brake Fluid

Yes, your car’s braking system has fluid. This fluid acts as a hydraulic oil that transfers the pressure you put on the brake pedal to the brake calipers. Because this fluid is so close to the brake’s friction components, it endures tons of heat. This fluid has properties that prevent it from boiling, despite the high heat, but it is also hygroscopic — absorbs water — and water lowers the boiling point. If this fluid boils, it can introduce air into the brake system and cause failure. Additionally, water damages brake lines and seals. Changing your brake fluid is the only way to ride the system of this water.

Many manufacturers do not list a recommended service interval for the brake fluid, but most technicians will suggest swapping it out every 60,000 miles.

Engine Coolant

Vehicles use coolant to regulate the engine’s temperature, keeping it within the optimal operating range at all times. This coolant, which is a mixture of antifreeze and water, breaks down over time, and can gel up or become contaminated and lose its ability to function properly. Changing The coolant at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals will help keep this coolant in good shape and your vehicle running well.

Every manufacturer has its own recommendations to coolant-exchange intervals, so check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for details. Most manufacturer recommend doing this service once every 60,000 to 80,000 miles.

Need one of these maintenance items taken care of on your vehicle? Come by the Sunrise Chevrolet service department serving Saginaw, Michigan and see what specials we have for you. And no, you need not own a Chevrolet vehicle to take advantage of our top-notch service offers. You can also schedule a service appointment online.

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