Preventative Maintenance is important to keep your vehicles running in good condition. Checking the fluid levels and changing the fluids and filters can minimize the risk of breaking down and it also helps prolong the life of your engine, cooling system, brakes and transmission. So it’s very important to pay close attention to your car’s fluids and filters.
Oil Filter and Oil Change
The oil is one of the most important fluids in your engine. It lubricates while also cooling, cleaning and protecting the engine. The oil filter keeps contaminants such as dirt, carbon and metal particles from getting into the engine and causing damage to the bearings, valvetrain, journal and cylinder surfaces of the engine. In time, the accumulated dirt and debris trapped by the filter can obstruct the oil flow. If the bypass valve is forced open, the unfiltered oil will go to the engine which can cause expensive engine damage.
Changing the oil filter doesn’t get rid of the accumulated moisture, acids and sludge. The only way to do that is to change the oil and the filter.
The fuel filter prevents contaminants from interfering with the operation of the vehicle’s carburetors or fuel injection system. A clean fuel supply is essential for reliable engine operation.
Air filters keep dirt out of the engine. So the length of time between getting your air filter changed depends on your environment. If you live on a dirt road it may need to be changed more frequently then if you live in the city and stay on city streets.
The cabin filter cleans the air that enters the passenger area of your vehicle. It prevents pollen, dust and other pollutants from entering the cabin area. These filters should usually be replaced every 30,0000 miles unless the vehicle manufacturer recommends otherwise.
For those with automatic transmissions, changing the fluid and filter every 25,000 to 30,000 miles can significantly prolong the life of the transmission.
The antifreeze in coolant performs 3 major functions, it prevents the coolant from freezing, it raises the boiling temperature of the coolant to prevent overheating, and it fights corrosion. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you change the coolant every 2 to 3 years or 30,000 miles to make sure the corrosion inhibitors in the antifreeze are still effective.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic and absorbs moisture over time. After 2 or more years, it can become contaminated with moisture. This can lower the boiling point which could contribute to pedal fade if the brakes overheat. Brake fluid should be changed every 2 years for preventative maintenance to prolong the life of the hydraulic components in the brake system.
Power Steering Fluid
Power steering fluid is never changed unless there is a hose failure or the steering gear has to be replaced.
The filters in your car or truck should be checked and replaced regularly as they are a part of your vehicle’s normal wear components. The frequency by which you should have your filters and fluids checked and replaced depend on mileage, your driving habits, road conditions, and filter and vehicle types. Symptoms you may experience that will indicate your filters or fluid may need to be replace will include poor gas mileage, hesitation when accelerating, and unwanted odors inside your automobile.
Preventive Maintenance can minimize the risks of breakdowns and prolong the life of your engine, transmission, cooling system or brakes. Get your automotive fluids and filters checked today at Trans Tech Auto & Truck in Colorado Springs.