336-547-0026
201 S. Swing Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27409

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Greensboro Car Repair Tips: Fluids, What They Do, & Why You Need Them

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:53am -- owner

Your car performs at a peak level when it has fresh, healthy fluids in its systems to keep running smoothly. Failing to flush or replace fluids can lead to premature engine failure, but by constantly monitoring them you can ensure a long and healthy life for your car. Here’s a breakdown of five vital fluids your car needs to stay healthy:

Oil –The “lifeblood” of your vehicle, oil reduces friction in your engine’s hundreds of constantly shifting parts. The roads can be tough in Greensboro, and allowing an auto shop to perform regular oil changes on your car could save you thousands over the life of your car.

Transmission Fluid - Transmission fluid lubricates your vehicle’s gears, allowing your engine to shift easily. Over time, dirt, debris, and even metal shavings get caught in transmission fluid, causing it to turn from a pinkish color to a dark brown. Dirty transmission fluid eats at your system and will lead to a hefty repair bill if not taken care of!

Brake Fluid – A complex hydraulics system allows your brakes to function, and a part called a master cylinder pumps brake fluid so you can stop. The longer brake fluid is left in your vehicle, the more susceptible to moisture it becomes. This leads to loss of braking power and possibly an accident.

Power Steering – Hydraulics in your power steering system make maneuvering even large cars simple. Should your power steering systems go out, it becomes a battle just to pull off to the side of the road. Power steering fluid keeps this system operational so you can turn your vehicle with ease.

Coolant – Coolant absorbs heat from the engine, allowing it to dissipate through the radiator, thus keeping your engine a constant temperature. With a high boiling point and low freezing point, coolant compensates for the extreme temperatures your engine will experience.

Every one of these fluids will break down over time, placing more stress on the systems they support. As an auto repair shop, we hope you’ll stop by our Greensboro location for the recommended maintenance service intervals for your vehicle. Stop by or call us at (336) 547-0026 to set up an appointment!