Having read numerous articles on vehicle maintenance, you should already know by now that keeping an eye on the level of car fluids and replacing them every thousand kilometers or weeks is a huge part of upkeep. But what exactly do they do? What part do they play? The car experts are here to orient us.
- Coolant or Antifreeze – As its name suggests, this cooling agent helps keep the temperature at a working level. Remember that given the intense heat and friction that goes on under the hood, particularly in the engine, its absence raises a lot of risks. Firstly, the system can overheat or worse it might catch fire and explode. Yikes! Because of its special properties, the coolant is able to absorb heat and disperse it through the radiator and/or the heat exchanger thus allowing for the temperature to be made manageable.
- Brake Fluid – Brakes are installed for stopping power and to ensure the safety of the driver, the passengers and the other motorists and pedestrians around. But it can’t function alone especially with the absence of what we call the brake fluid that increases the optimum stopping force and facilitates the transfer of force to pressure as the driver steps on the pedal.
- Engine Oil – As mentioned earlier, so much heat, pressure and friction happens under the hood. No material in this world can continue to function properly on their own given those elements combined. In order to lessen corrosion, the engine oil is utilized. There are many kinds and formulas available in the market but they all have two common denominators: a base stock that removes built-up temperature and lubricates the moving elements as well as additives that protects the engine parts against wear and tear and controls both lubricity and viscosity.
- Transmission Fluid – Because a vehicle is made of so many parts, a lot of which are moving and connect one action to the other, a smooth flow is a must to ensure that the machine runs like a top. In order to do so, it shall need lubrication to enable the aid gears to function as smooth as possible thus the need for transmission fluids. Aside from lubrication, it also protects metal surfaces from immediate wear and tear, helps lower heat, conditions gaskets and increases rotational speed among others.
Depending on the vehicle type, model, manufacturer and condition, car experts highly recommend the proper monitoring, refilling and replacement of said car fluids.