June 07, 2017 By C! Magazine Staff

Workshop Wednesday – Fluids

Your car needs to “hydrate”, too!

Have you ever read the maintenance section in your vehicle’s owner’s manual? We all know that engines have fluids in them (i.e. Engine oil, Transmission fluid, Coolant, Brake fluid, Windshield washer fluid and for older cars, Power steering fluid).  These fluids each play a vital role in keeping the car running smoothly and always in tip-top shape.

Oil is the most vital fluid in an engine being that it’s the main lubricant for all the moving parts in an engine. It is what keeps the engine running smoothly and efficiently.

Of course, if the engine is running in tiptop shape, your transmission should as well. It’s important to check your transmission fluid every so often because it is actually what keeps your gears from grinding against each other.

Same goes for the Brake fluid.  Without them your brakes won’t be effective and won’t be able to make your car stop.

To help keep temperatures as optimal as possible, proper coolant should also be used. We live in a tropical country, so giving the engine’s cooling system a hand in preventing temperatures from soaring is always a good thing to keep in mind.

Windshield washer fluid is not as important but it is there to keep your windshield clean when you need it to be.

When it comes to older cars, there is this thing called Power steering fluid.  It is what makes old cars steer easier when turning.  Yes, it is a thing from the past since most of the cars at present use electronic steering, which doesn’t need power steering fluid anymore.

So, never neglect the different engine fluids.  They all have roles that help in keeping the engine running as efficiently as possible at all times. Check their levels every now and then and top up when needed to keep levels at maximum.

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