Know the types of fluids for your vehicle

Given are types of fluids for your vehicle.

Know the types of fluids for your vehicle

Radiator fluid

Engines produce a lot of heat and the radiator keeps it cool. Radiator fluid, which is also known as coolant or antifreeze, works to extract heat from the engine and dissipates it through the radiator. A low coolant level will likely result in overheating, so check your coolant and top it off if need be. Make sure to flush the system at least every 40,000 to 50,000 miles.

Brake fluid

When you push the brake pedal, fluid—yes, fluid—compresses inside the brake lines, forcing the brake pads to clamp on the rotors and slow down your car. If you ever notice that the pedal feels spongy or has extra travel, there may be air bubbles in the lines or the fluid may be contaminated. In the case of a spongy pedal, you’ll need to bleed those air bubbles out of the lines. Otherwise, be sure to top off the brake fluid if necessary, and flush the system with fresh fluid every 24,000 miles.

Power steering fluid

Modern cars use power steering to make turning the wheel easy at any speed, but this fluid can also become contaminated, making your steering less responsive. It’s a good idea to check the level and condition of your fluid every time you change your car’s oil. You should change your power steering fluid about every 50,000 miles regardless.

Transmission fluid

Few things ruin a drive like a jerky transmission. Transmission fluid helps gears mesh smoothly, and when it goes bad, uncomfortable shifts can be the result. Fortunately, transmission fluid lasts a long time, and some cars are even sold with so-called “lifetime” transmission fluid. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended service interval for your specific car as they can vary from 30,000 miles all the way up to over 100,000 miles, per Consumer Reports. Generally, though, it’s a good idea to replace the fluid at 60,000 miles anyway, even if you have that “lifetime” fluid. You are more likely to run into problems with transmission fluid that’s older than 100,000 miles.

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