Car Fluid Maintenance Tips


You own a car.


That’s super cool.


Your car might have a name. Might be your baby. Your pride and joy.


This mass of metal holds a special place in your heart; you can’t deny that.


So being that this car is so important to you, it only makes sense that you take good care of it.


And that comes down to caring for your car’s fluids.


You may not know it, but there are several fluids coursing through your car, helping it give you a consistent optimal performance.


If you’re extremely clueless about what goes into the task of draining, replacing, and refilling these oils, don’t fret.


This is not something to stress over too much anyway, and hopefully by the time you’re done reading this you won’t stress over it at all.


That’s my goal.


So without further ado, I present to you…


Car Fluid 101


Let’s start this by getting to know some of the fluids in your car.


In your car you will find:


  • Motor oil
  • Transmission fluid
  • Coolant
  • Brake fluid
  • Washer fluid


You’ve probably heard of all or most of these before, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that they’re in your car.


It’s not like I told you there’s bacon grease in your car, or something.

But wouldn’t that be an environmental breakthrough?


I digress.


Let’s talk about motor oil.


It is suggested that you change your motor oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.


This routine oil change will prevent the oil from become a gross gummy mess that will then clog your engine.


Old oil in an engine will eventually seize up and cost you thousands of dollars to fix.


So let’s maybe try to avoid that.


Moving right along!


Is your car not shifting as smoothly as it usually does?


Does it make horrible shrieking noises when you change gears?


If this is the case, it’s a good sign that the car’s transmission fluid needs to be changed.


It should be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles for a vehicle with manual transmission.


Cars with automatic transmission have until every 50,000 to 100,000 miles.


Cars with automatic transmission are pretty cool.


Wanna know what else is cool?


Your coolant levels.


You laughed at my joke, don’t even lie.


The proper amount of coolant circulating through the radiator prevents the engine from overheating.


Again, something that would be very bad and very expensive to fix.


To check the coolant level, let your car cool off and then locate the coolant cap under the hood.


Take that sucker off and check the level against the fill line.


Easy, and free.


You have no excuses not to do this.


Speaking of things that are cool, being able to stop your car is pretty cool.


Because the alternative would be car accidents.


Which are totally not cool.


Brake fluid is an incredibly crucial piece of your hydraulic braking system.


So if you find yourself having difficulty braking, get yourself to an auto shop pronto.


And finally, and this is a pretty general rule, don’t drive if you can’t see.


Washer fluid is what allows you to have nice pretty clean windshields.


And like, be able to see oncoming traffic.


And get this: you can check it at the same time you check you coolant levels! The process is the exact same!


Two birds with one stone, am I right?


Who knew caring for your car’s fluids could keep you so safe?


I did! And now you do too!


So stay safe, and take good care of your car.


Your car, and your fellow drivers, thank you.