When it is suggested that you flush car fluids, such as transmission fluid, motor oil, or brake fluid, it basically means to replace the old fluid with new. In some cases, however, to fully flush fluids requires the middle step of rinsing, or cleansing the entire system by running water or a specialized cleaner through the system to remove any grit or grime that may have accumulated over time. That way, there are no contaminants in the system when fresh fluid is put in.
Since vehicles have several mechanical systems that require fluids for lubrication or cooling purposes, there are several types of fluid flushes. Here are the ways you can flush car fluids and how often they should be done for maintenance purposes:
- Brake Fluid Flush: Although rarely necessary, you may need a brake fluid flush if moisture has made its way into your brake system and has become rust-colored or if it has been overheated. In many cases, however, a vehicle will never require a brake flush.
- Engine Oil Flush: With motor oil, regular changes at intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual are part of proper maintenance. Running a cleanser through the engine system, however, may cause more problems than it can fix because the sludgy contaminants such a flush dislodges can obstruct the oil pump pickup screen.
- Power Steering Fluid Flush: This is another type of car fluid flush you may never need. Instead, have a mechanic inspect the fluid once or twice a year. Only flush fluids in your power steering system if black grit or metal flakes are present or the substance smells burnt. If the smell continues for a length of time, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This can help you to have a reliable vehicle again as well.
- Radiator Flush: Vehicles produced from about 2011 and on use a newer, orange-colored coolant, which does not require frequent radiator, flushes and can withstand greater temperatures and has better corrosion protection. In these newer vehicles, consult with your owner’s manual or a mechanic for an appropriate flushing schedule. For other cars and trucks, however, draining the coolant and flushing the radiator should be done approximately every two years.
- Transmission Fluid Flush: A transmission flush should be performed approximately every 35,000 miles or at the intervals indicated in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. More frequent flushes, however, can actually harm the transmission, so be leery of quick-lube businesses trying to make an up-sale. Also, any time you get a transmission flush, be sure that the filter is changed as well.
If you notice that there is something out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with us.
A common way that fuel efficiency is lowered is because of stop and go traffic. Many driving habits can use up extra fuel and can actually be avoided. Some of these things can be fast starts or stops. Accelerating fast as the stoplight turns green can actually waste fuel. Instead, take your time accelerating. The same applies for stops. Slamming on the brakes can also cause the brake line to wear and may be damaged. Instead, try to predict the stoplights and slowly come to a stop. This can help with the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, as well as the condition of the brakes.
It is important to have the vehicle maintained on a regular basis. Not only does regular maintenance help for parts and components of the vehicle, but it also helps get better fuel efficiency. Regular maintenance can include replacing spark plugs, checking for leaks in the hoses, and tightening or replacing any belts. Other parts of the vehicle can be inspected as well. Between visits if you notice anything that is out of the norm with the vehicle, always make sure to bring it in.
Having the oil changed on a regular basis can help you to maximize the fuel efficiency the best it can. The vehicle can run smoother and also cleaner by using less fuel. New clean oil can help the engine and other moving parts work more effectively. This is because the oil will lubricate these parts. It is important to have the oil changed when recommended so it is less likely that dirty and polluted oil will run through the engine.
The tires should also be inspected. Make sure that the inflation is at the recommended amount that is in the vehicle owner’s manual. The recommended air pressure can also be on a sticker that is inside the driver’s door. Having tires with the correct air amount can help provide a smoother and more efficient ride. The air pressure should be inspected weekly in the winter. This is because the tires can lose pressure when the temperatures get colder. Also make sure that the tires are balanced. Tires that are not balanced can wear unevenly or even have excessive bouncing. This is an issue because it prevents full contact with the road and diminishes the fuel efficiency.
If you notice something out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This way the issue can be fixed before it turns into something worse. It will also help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.
When you get ready for your summer vacation, don’t forget about your vehicle. Your vehicle is important because you will have to rely on it to get you to and from your destination safely. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.
Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for summer:
1) The brake system should be inspected. Stopping is important.
2) Check all the fluid levels and inspect them for leaks.
3) The oil is the life blood of your vehicle. Have us change it according to the recommended schedule.
4) The belts and hoses need to be inspected for cracks, wear, and lose connections.
5) Check the tires. Under inflated and worn tires will need immediate attention.
6) Don’t forget to change the engine’s air filter. Over time it will plug up with dirt and grime that impacts your mileage.
7) Inspect the wipers and check your cabin air filter.
8) Have us test your radiator, coolant, and thermostat. This will help prevent the vehicle from overheating.
9) Remember to check the battery cable connections and test the battery. More batteries fail from the heat of summer than the cold of winter.
10) The air conditioner belts, hoses, and temperature output should be tested so you can stay cool all summer long.
All those lovely smells and sounds of spring, how we all wait for them to surround us. Flowers and trees blooming, birds chirping, and the aroma and sounds that each creates wakes up our senses for the warmer months ahead.
But, when those car windows go down, your nose can be a great detective in discovering possible issues with your vehicle. We all know that “new car smell”. Many car dealers now spray that smell into their used vehicles to give your senses a new car treat. Here are some other smells that you may detect with the windows down…
Burnt rubber, now that is a nasty smell. If you get a scent of that, it can relate to a belt slipping or one of your rubber hoses rubbing against a drive pulley.
The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify the leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area. If the oil leak is not fixed, it can cause further issues to your vehicle. It can also be an indication of oil sizzling on top of your exhaust system.
Gasoline has a distinct aroma, and other than a little extra spilling when you gas up, make sure to notice the gasoline smell. A persistent gasoline smell could be an injector issue, fuel line, or other fuel system problem.
A burning carpet smell normally indicates a brake issue. If you get a whiff of this, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Faulty brakes are never something you want to hesitate on repairing.
Lastly, the smell of rotten eggs means something could be rotten with your catalytic converter. The catalytic converter plays a major role on the emissions of your vehicle, and also impacts the performance of the engine.
It might be easy to drive fast and reckless in the spring, but damage can still be done to your vehicle. Spring is a common time for potholes to form on the road. They can be disguised as puddles on the road as well. Make sure when you approach a puddle to slow down and drive around it if possible.
By hitting a pothole you can be doing more damage to your vehicle than you realize. It can do damage to the tires, suspension, shocks, and struts. It can also lead to poor alignment of the vehicle. Even if no immediate damage is indicated, over time it will start to show. This can cause your vehicle to breakdown unexpectedly. It can also lead to other issues with the parts of your vehicle.
The spring is also a good time to wash your vehicle. Over the winter salt and road grime can collect on your vehicle. This can lead to corrosion or rust. When the vehicle is washed, make sure to include the undercarriage. By washing your vehicle, you will remove the dirt, dried salt, and road grime that has collected over the winter.
Make sure to bring your vehicle in. This is important because we can inspect the parts and components for you. Having a vehicle that is well maintained can help you save money at the pumps, as well as have it last as long as possible.
One of the easiest things you can do to keep your vehicle in great condition is to bring it in for regular oil changes. By doing so, you can extend the life of the vehicle, as well as saving you money from costly repair bills. Oil changes are necessary to help keep the vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. We can change the oil for you when recommended, and also the oil filter. The oil filter is important because it can filter out pollutants, contaminants, and other debris. It will then allow the clean oil to filter through to parts of your engine to help it run effectively. Having the oil changed on a regular basis can help prevent dirt and debris from building up. This can cause damage to parts of your engine. This is especially true if you drive in dirty or dusty conditions. Changing the oil and oil filter can help to prevent the debris from entering the engine. Regular oil changes can help keep the engine and other components clean and working efficiently. The oil also helps the moving parts of the engine. It also helps to keep them clean and lubricated. This can help to provide a smoother and quieter ride when you are driving. If you are not sure how often the oil should be changed, contact us and we can recommend a schedule for you.
By having the oil changed when recommended, you can help to extend the life of the engine. It can also help the vehicle to last longer on the road. Having new clean oil is the best way to lubricate and protect the engine. It can also keep other parts free from harmful debris and build up. This can then result in better performance of the vehicle. Oil changes can also help prevent the engine from wearing and breaking down prematurely.
Having regular oil changes done can help to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. This is because the new clean oil can help reduce the friction that is in the engine. The friction can start to slow down the engine and will then result in poor mileage. Bring your vehicle in and we can change the oil and oil filter for you. This can help to provide you with a reliable vehicle when you drive.
It is important to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, especially in the winter. This will increase the longevity and reliability of it. By having the vehicle maintained, all the parts and components will work, as they need to. We will be able to check the tires, fluid levels, and battery for you. Having the oil changed is also something that should not be ignored. The oil helps to lubricate the engine so it can operate effectively.
The battery is affected when the temperatures start to get colder. This is because it can reduce the cranking power it has. In fact, at about zero degrees, a battery has only about half the cranking power it has at eighty degrees. If it is more than five years old and shows signs of weakness, replace the battery with a top-rated model. We can advise you on what battery would be best for your vehicle.
You have to replace wiper blades more often than you might think. Even the best performing wiper blades start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months. Streaks or missed expanses of glass are sure signs that the blades are ready for replacement. While it is possible to stretch their life by cleaning the rubber edge of the blade periodically with a paper towel and glass cleaner, it is not safe to do that all winter long. Instead, get yourself new blades. We recommend replacing wiper blades as often as twice per year.
If you cannot see out the windows, you are a danger to yourself and everyone around. Do not try to use the wipers and those brand-new wiper blades to remove ice from the windshield. Instead, use an ice scraper on frosty mornings. By making sure all the windows are clear of ice, frost, and snow, you can have the best visibility possible when you are driving. Also make sure that the windshield washer fluid is topped off. This helps to remove any slush, salt, or road grime that may splash onto the windshield. Also make sure the heater is functioning properly and that plenty of warm air is being directed to the windshield when it is in the defrost mode. Finally, check that all the vehicle’s lights are working properly, so that you will have optimum visibility at night and motorists front and rear will be able to see you.
Cold weather can beat up your engine. Motor oil thickens when cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Whenever you have the oil changed, replace the oil filter as well to ensure the system has the maximum amount of flow.
When inspecting the tires, check the tread and air pressure in them. This can help ensure that they can rotate properly when driving. You can also bring the vehicle in, so we can inspect the tires for you. This can help ensure a safe and reliable vehicle.
Owning a vehicle can be a large investment. You will want to keep the vehicle operating in the best condition possible when you drive. This can help it to be safe and reliable as you travel on the road. Part of keeping the vehicle in good operating condition is to make sure the fluids are topped off. Remember to check the fluids on a regular basis, as well as to ensure they are at the correct level. The fluids help to properly lubricate other parts of the vehicle. This can improve the overall condition of the vehicle. It can also help to improve the longevity of the vehicle when you drive. If you are unsure about what fluids to check on the vehicle, contact us. We can help to advise you on which fluids should be checked and how often to do so. By topping off the fluids, you can help to improve the efficiency of the vehicle. Oil is important because it will lubricate the engine. This helps to have the moving parts working together with one another. It can also reduce the amount of strain the parts will have against each other. The brake fluid also helps the brake system to work effectively when you need it. If the brakes are spongy or hard, the brake fluid should be inspected. Make sure it is at the line indicated on the reservoir.
Each fluid should be at the line indicated on each reservoir. If you notice that one of the fluids needs to be replaced frequently, schedule an appointment. Usually this could mean there is a leak somewhere in the system. If the leak is ignored, it will only get worse with time. This can lead to an unexpected breakdown when you would least expect it. The windshield washer fluid should also be topped off. This can help to ensure you have clean windows with the best visibility. By having the windshield washer fluid topped off along with having new wipers, you can improve the visibility when you drive. If there is not any windshield washer fluid being release when you apply the switch, it could mean a line is blocked. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. By having the windshield washer fluid inspected, you can have proper visibility as you drive. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can so we can inspect it for you.