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Types of Fluids In a Car

Preventive care and maintenance cannot be over-emphasized when it comes to how important it is for extending your vehicle’s longevity and saving you a substantial amount of money in repair work later down the line. Tune-ups, tire rotations, wheel alignments, and other basic tasks should be performed regularly if you want your car to remain in the best shape at all times. Of course, there are the unpreventable, unforeseen disasters that can still occur, but if you do your due diligence as a car owner, it surely won’t be because you missed a maintenance opportunity. Areas like Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New York, NY are particularly busy and compacted when it comes to traffic conditions; the stop-and-go nature of these cities can leave your car in shambles at the end of the work week if you’re not careful. Perhaps one of the most essential parts of ongoing maintenance is related to the fluids in your car. While it may seem rudimentary, the fluid levels and the clarity of those fluids is what keeps your car running smoothly, and from being parked on the side of the highway. There are various types of fluids in every car that all vehicle owners should be familiar with.

Motor oil

We don’t want to say that any one particular fluid is more important than the other, because they are all necessary for optimal vehicle performance; however, your car simply will not function without motor oil—without it, all of the moving parts would seize to be lubricated, and could cause a total breakdown. The oil should be changed at regular intervals, usually every 3 months, or 3,000 miles. If you want more detailed information for your vehicle’s specific oil requirements, like the type of oil you should use and how often to change it, then you should refer to your vehicle’s owner manual. In fact, if you have any questions regarding any fluid for your vehicle, your owner’s manual should be able to help clarify—your automotive specialist can help answer any other questions you may have too.

Coolant/radiator fluid

Another important fluid that you should always keep an eye on is the coolant or radiator fluid. When you’re driving down the highway and notice a car pulled off to the side with a smoking engine, your first thought might be: “that poor guy’s car is overheating!” but the truth is that it could just as easily be you stuck on the side of the road. If radiator fluid becomes low, you should top it off before attempting to drive anywhere. Furthermore, keep an eye out beneath your vehicle for leaks in valves and hoses that connect to the radiator that transfer the fluid. Unlike condensation from your air conditioner or motor oil immediately after an oil change, your radiator fluid should never be leaking beneath your vehicle. If you do notice a leak, you should bring your car to the nearest, trusted automotive shop.

Few other fluids

Other types of fluids that are equally important are: transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Part of ongoing maintenance is not just making sure these fluids remain topped off, but that they remain clean and clear of debris. If a diagnosis reveals that any of these fluids are riddled with debris, your automotive specialist should look for causes of the intrusions, and will commonly perform a “flush.” Usually if you are meeting the necessary maintenance intervals designated by your vehicle manufacturer, then there will be no issue with the clarity of these fluids.

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In Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New York, NY, it can be tough to find a good automotive shop—they seem to be popping up on every corner. Bay Diagnostic has been serving these areas with professionalism and honesty for over 25 years, and our clientele’s reviews are a testament to our commitment to customer satisfaction. Specializing in European imports, we perform everything from routine preventive maintenance to more intensive repair work with the same high standards. Bringing your Bentley, Mercedes, BMW, or Porsche to the dealership will significantly set you back in funds; we at Bay Diagnostic commit to offering the same level of quality and expertise at a lower cost. Give us a call, explore our website it more depth, or stop by our shop to learn more about the services we offer.

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