What to check for in car fluids – Landmark Dodge

The three vehicle fluids detailed below are vital to keeping your car in perfect working order, so remember to check them regularly.

Brake fluid

The brake fluid is one of the most important fluids in your car. Without it, your vehicle would not be able to stop when you step on the brake pedal. If you find that there is any lag or abnormal feel in the brakes, this fluid is the first thing to check. Brake fluid requires regular changes depending on your vehicle type and as recommended by your trusted mechanic service shop. Normally it should be carried out every 2 years at most, as it can become contaminated with water over time due to its hygroscopicity (it absorbs moisture from the air). This excess moisture can rust brake lines and ultimately affect their performance. Brake fluid should be clear, not cloudy or dark. As with the other fluids, you must ensure that the level is between the minimum and maximum indicators. A low level can mean advanced brake pad wear or system leakage.

Transmission fluid

Transmission fluid protects and cools the components within the transmission. There are several different types of transmission fluid, so it is important to use the fluid recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual to maintain the transmission system in the best working condition. Most cars with a manual transmission do not have a dipstick for the transmission fluid, unlike those with an automatic transmission. Cars with manual transmissions may require a professional mechanic to change this fluid.

Windshield wiper fluid

Windshield washer fluid is only used to clean the windshield while driving and is essential for driving safety. This is the easiest fluid to change – just open the hood and find the reservoir for this fluid, which is usually located at the back of the engine compartment. Pour the liquid into the reservoir until it is full and close the lid. Always use the same type to avoid chemical reactions and clog the bulb. For more information or to find RAM dealers near me in Atlanta visit Landmark Dodge.