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Tips For Replacing Fluids

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Auto and Trucks

There are many fluids inside a car that allow it to run properly. Anti-freeze, brake fluid, oil, windshield wiper fluid, and of course, gasoline, are essential to keeping all the parts working together when the car is being used. There will be a time when these fluids will need to be replaced. Depending on the size of the car and how fuel efficient it is, gas will need to be replaced once or twice a week. It is best to refill a gas tank before it is empty. Usually when the tank has about a quarter left. This is done to prevent a person from running out of gas and also to keep impurities that have sunk to the bottom of the tank from being used as fuel. Many times, these impurities can not be burned and will stick in the gas tank or gas line. Build-up will occur over time which cannot be prevented. Using a gas treatment product will help loosen these impurities and help them be washed away.

Regular oil changes are needed to maintain engine function. A person should change their cars oil every three months or every three to five thousand miles. A person can change the oil themselves or they can take the car to a mechanic who will drain the oil, change the oil filter, and replace the oil with new oil. If regular oil changes are not done, a car will become sluggish and eventually the engine will cease to work. This could cost a person a lot of money since the engine will have to be replaced in order for the car to work again.

Brake fluid is used to maintain pressure in the brake line. When the brakes are pushed, the brake fluid is used to keep the braked depressed. Without it the brakes would not work. A person will know their brake fluid is low when they do not stop as quickly or need to push the brake peddle all the way to the floor. A mechanic can change the brake fluid and put the proper amount into the brakes. There are a few reasons why brake fluid can be low. When a car is older, it will need more fluid to depress the brakes. Sometimes a leak can occur in the brake line causing brake fluid to leak. Sometimes brake fluid will evaporate especially if a car has not been used for a long time.

Anti-freeze is used to keep the engine from overheating in the summertime and freezing in the wintertime. Wind shield fluid is used to keep the wind shield clean. These fluids will need to be replaced or refilled every few months. In older cars with older engines, anti-freeze will need to be replenished more often than in a new car. These fluids are needed to keep a car on the road. Check fluids before going on a road trip or every other month as a part of a regular car maintenance routine to ensure a cars performance when it is on the road.