How Often Should I Change Vehicle Fluids?

November 30th, 2018 by

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When it comes to vehicle fluid, you may think only of oil and gasoline/diesel. However, your vehicle relies on a lot of different fluids in order to operate seamlessly and efficiently. In addition to having these fluids, changing vehicle fluids is also important for overall car maintenance. So how often should you change vehicle fluids? It depends on which fluids need changing.

Important Car Fluids and Changes

When it comes to car fluid maintenance, you’ll notice your Staten Island commute is easier and more enjoyable when you focus on five important fluids: engine oil, brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid.

  • Engine Oil: Your vehicle’s engine oil is one of the most important fluids in the vehicle. After all, if you don’t change your engine oil, it will dry up and cause your engine to seize, which is very expensive to fix. As far as knowing when to change your vehicle oil, you need to consult your vehicle manual. That’s because some models require you to change the oil around 3,000 miles while more recent models can go for longer periods of time before needing an oil change.
  • Brake Fluid: Brake fluid is another important fluid inside your vehicle. Without the right amount of brake fluid, you could notice your brakes don’t function properly, and that’s not something you want to experience. You can always check the brake fluid levels on your own and replace it if it’s low, or you can ask your mechanic to check it for you when you bring your vehicle in for its annual checkup.
  • Coolant: Coolant is another fluid that works within your vehicle’s engine. This is the product that keeps your engine from overheating, and you should always ensure you have enough of it before winter and summer seasons and longer road trips.
  • Power Steering Fluid: Cars today are equipped with power steering, which makes it easier for you to turn the steering wheel on the Princeton roads. In most cases, your power steering fluid should be changed every 75,000 to 100,000 miles, but if you notice it becomes harder for you to move the steering wheel, you should have it checked right away.
  • Windshield Washer Fluid: Windshield washer fluid is important for your safety while on the go. Not only will it help you see during rain or snow, but it will also remove other dirt and debris from your line of sight. For this fluid, there is no recommended timeline for changing. Instead, just monitor the levels and fill the fluid up when you find it’s running low.

Learn More at Ray Catena Jaguar of Edison

If you drive a Jaguar model, some of these fluid level maintenance may be associated with your vehicle warranty. In addition, you can also bring your vehicle into Jaguar of Edison to have it serviced and have your fluid levels checked. Contact us today to learn more about the Jaguar models available near Woodbridge Twp or to explore our roadside assistance features.

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