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Fluids To Check This Winter And Why They're Important

 jess 20 working 20 on 20 truckAs our seemingly mild winter settles in, it's time to ensure that your vehicle is prepared to face the challenges colder months bring. One important aspect of winter car maintenance is checking and maintaining various fluids that play a vital role in keeping your vehicle running smoothly. Continue reading to find the five fluids you should check this winter.

 

1. Antifreeze:

Antifreeze, also know as coolant, is a vital fluid that helps regulate your engine's temperature, preventing it from freezing in the colder months. It's vital to check the antifreeze concentration and top off if necessary. A proper mixture of antifreeze and water ensures that your engine remains at the right temperature, preventing freezing and potential damage to your vehicle's cooling system.

2. Power Steering Fluid:

In colder temperatures, power steering systems may experience increased strain, making it essential to check and maintain proper power steering fluid levels. Adequate power steering fluid ensures smooth and responsive steering, especially during winter when icy and slippery roads can pose additional challenges. It is essential to check and maintain proper power steering fluid levels to keep your drive smooth no matter the temperature outside. Regular checks and timely top-ups can help prevent damage to the power steering system and ensure optimal vehicle control.

3. Washer Fluid & Wipers:

Winter driving often means encountering snow, ice, road salt, and even mud leading to dirty windshields. Having an ample supply of washer fluid is essential for maintaining clear visibility. Choose a washer fluid with antifreeze properties, like a washer fluid specially formulated for the winter, to prevent it from freezing in the reservoir. Regularly top up your washer fluid reservoir to ensure you can quickly and effectively clean your windshield, enhancing safety during winter driving conditions. While on the topic of washer fluid, a good set of wipers are key to keeping your visibility clear! Our parts department has wipers available for all makes and models. Along with your wiper blade purchase, we'll install your wipers for you at the time of purchase, free of charge.

4. Brake Fluid:

Brake fluid plays a critical role in the proper functioning of your vehicle's braking system. Cold temperatures can affect the viscosity of brake fluid, potentially compromising your braking performance. It's essential to check the brake fluid level and quality regularly. If the fluid is discolored or shows signs of contamination, it's time for a brake fluid flush. Reliable brakes hold huge importance for safe winter driving, so be sure you don't neglect this necessary fluid.

5. Transmission Fluid:

Transmission fluid is essential for the smooth operation of your vehicle's transmission. Cold temperatures can impact the fluid's viscosity, potentially affecting gear shifting and overall transmission performance. Regularly check the transmission fluid level and condition to ensure it meets the manufacturer's specifications. Timely maintenance can help prevent transmission issues and ensure your vehicle performs optimally, even in winter conditions.

Taking the time to check and maintain these essential fluids is a small investment that can go a long way in ensuring the health and safety of your vehicle. From preventing engine freezing with antifreeze to maintaining clear visibility with washer fluid, each fluid plays a crucial role in winter driving safety. Make it a habit to inspect these fluids regularly, and you'll be better equipped to face the challenges of winter on the road. Our full-service maintenance packages take care of checking all fluids and systems at every visit. At your appointment, you will receive a full vehicle health report that shows exactly what you need to know for future services or repairs. Quick Lane makes these checks EASY so you can stay on top of your maintenance schedule.

If you need any assistance in checking, flushing or changing these fluids or others, our Quick Lane team would be happy to service your vehicle with timely and professional service! Contact our team today, or book online here.

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