One of the most important things to do when changing your vehicle’s oil is to also check other important fluid levels in your car and top them off as needed. You might know how important an oil change is, but a motor oil change is only part of proper routine fluid maintenance.
In addition to oil, other important fluids in your car that need routine maintenance include:
Years ago, antifreeze was used only to protect your car’s radiator from freezing in cold weather. Today, antifreeze is a year-round fluid that protects not only from cold weather but also from rusting.
Power brake fluid allows your power braking system to work correctly. If you run out of fluid, you can still apply the brakes, but you will need to apply a lot more strength to bring your car to a halt. Keep your brake fluid at proper levels to ensure the safety of you and your car.
Does your car screech when you turn the wheel? If so, the likely culprit is low power steering fluid. Even if your power steering fluid reservoir is empty, steering is possible but it is harder and requires far more strength.
With warning lights being so small and sometimes in less than obvious places, many drivers don’t know they are out of windshield wiper fluid until they flick the switch on to get bugs and other nasty things off the windshield. Keeping your windshield washing fluid at proper levels makes sure you can clean obstructions off of your windshield so that you can always see the road clearly.
Staying on top of routine maintenance is imperative for ensuring optimal performance and extending the life of your car. This means keeping a close eye on all of these necessary fluids and scheduling regular appointments to have the fluids refilled.