How Often Should I Get My Fluids Checked?

January 8th, 2019 by

brake fluid topping up

In order to keep your vehicle running at top performance, it’s important to perform regular maintenance and inspections. Your car runs on more than just oil, and how often you check your auto fluids can make all the difference for a smooth ride through Sarasota. There are five fluids you should check on a regular basis: engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.

Auto Fluid How Often to Check How Often to Replace
Engine oil Once a month Every 5,000 miles
Transmission fluid Once a month Every 50,000 miles
Coolant Twice a year, before summer and winter Every 2 years
Brake fluid During oil changes Every 2 years
Power steering fluid Once a month Every 50,000 miles

Why do I need to check my car’s fluids?

Your vehicle is a fine-tuned machine, and fluids keep all the parts turning and moving together harmoniously. Over time, the fluids in your car begin to break down and aren’t able to provide the necessary lubrication, which can lead to component malfunctions. Fluids can also become dirty and full of debris, which can cause clogging.

For example, forgetting to perform a routine oil change can lead to major engine issues. Without the proper levels of oil, the engine will run too hot, and the longer this goes on, the more likely its components will begin to bend and warp. Eventually, lack of fluid will cause a complete breakdown, resulting in an expensive repair.

How do I know if my auto fluid levels are correct?

Your owner’s manual will have all the proper fluid levels listed. Another sign your fluid may need replacing is if your vehicle starts driving differently during your daily Tampa commute. If you hear screeching or feel vibrations during braking, you may need to replace the brake fluid, or if your check engine light comes on, there may be another issue percolating under the hood. If you’re ever in doubt, have a certified mechanic take a look. Most automotive issues are preventable if caught in time, so it’s important not to let possible problems grow in severity.

Service You Can Count On

If you need help checking your fluids in Bradenton, let the experts at Cox Mazda help! Check your Mazda maintenance schedule then schedule service with our trusty team today to keep your car running like new. And if you have any other curiosities, like what the difference between regular and premium gas is, don’t be afraid to reach out.

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