Every vehicle has tanks or reservoirs that contain each of the fluids. These fluids must be kept and maintained at the recommended level for the overall efficiency of your vehicle. The fluids are essential for a smooth operation of many of your vehicle’s systems, including the engine, brake system, and transmission. If you allow them to drop below the fill line, or even dry out, you could be doing more damage to your vehicle than you might think. This may also result in a larger repair bill.
If the brake fluid is leaking, or too much air gets in the brake like, it can affect the vehicle’s ability to stop. Brake fluid amounts can be seen through a plastic reservoir, which makes it easy to see the amount that is needed. If you notice the level is lower and needs some added in, there is a good chance there is a leak somewhere in the brake line.
The coolant in your vehicle is a heat transfer fluid. It cycles around the engine and collects heat as it returns to the radiator. Once it is there, it is then transferred to the air. The coolant helps to keep your engine from overheating. Make sure to check the coolant level when the engine is cool, otherwise the coolant is hot and may cause a burn.
The power steering fluid is able to help make the turning of your vehicle easier. When your vehicle is working at proper levels, the power steering fluid increases the ability for the steering to direct the tires. If the fluid is low, you may experience issues with your power steering such as unusual tightness when you turn. If you notice you have to replace the fluid, there could be a leak somewhere.
The transmission fluid should also be checked regularly to make sure the proper amount is in there. The transmission fluid cools and lubricates the inner parts of the transmission, ensuring that the transmission runs at an optimal level. If you notice any of the fluids getting low often, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect them for you.