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What Fluids Should Be Regularly Checked On My Car?

The most important fluids in your car keep it running and help with overall gas mileage. Here are the fluids that you should regularly check as part of the preventive maintenance on your vehicle.

-Engine Oil: Oil is the fluid that keeps all of your engine's components running smoothly and efficiently. Look for a dipstick inside the engine bay to check the oil. It's a good idea to let your engine cool off for at least 10 minutes before an oil check.

-Coolant: The coolant absorbs all of the excess engine heat and then dissipates it through your car's radiator. You want to make sure you have the correct level of coolant so that the engine cools off properly. Coolant should be checked every 50,000 miles.

-Power Steering Fluid: The pressurized fluid in the power steering system is what makes it so easy to turn the wheel in modern cars. There is no set timeframe on when to check power steering fluid, but you will want to check it to ensure that it has enough fluid and that there are no leaks in the system.

-Brake Fluid: Check your brake fluid to ensure it is between the minimum and maximum levels to run the hydraulics of your braking system. Brake fluid should be translucent when you check it. If the fluid is cloudy or dark, it's time to have it replaced.

-Transmission Fluid: Your car's transmission contains gears, clutches and valves. The transmission fluid is what makes these components runs smoothly. To check the transmission fluid, the car needs to be turned on and in Park or Neutral to get a proper reading. This fluid should be amber or red, otherwise it needs replaced.

-Windshield Wiper Fluid: Your windshield wiper fluid has absolutely nothing to do with how your car runs, but you'll be glad you have it when you need it. This is also the easiest and cheapest fluid to check and replace.

Whether you need a simple oil change or a complicated engine repair, Wellhagen Tire Company in St. Paul, MN can help. Call Wellhagen Tire Company at 651-222-4736 to schedule an appointment.

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