3 Maintenance Items you Never Want to Forget

By Justin Cupler | July 17th, 2018

We all know owning a vehicle means you have to maintain said vehicle. But this maintenance goes way beyond the typical oil change. There are many maintenance items that owners simply forget about, and some of them can lead to expensive repairs if you ignore them. Here are three maintenance items you cannot forget about.

Automatic Transmission Fluid

Your vehicle’s automatic transmission is a huge part of the drivetrain as it is what transfers the engine’s power to the wheels and keeps the vehicle moving forward. Inside the transmission is a multipurpose fluid that acts as a hydraulic oil, a lubricant, a coolant, and a cleaner. Because this fluid deals with extremely high temperatures and friction, it breaks down over time and needs replacing. Failure to replace the fluid according in the automaker’s recommended intervals can cause thousands of dollars in damage to the transmission.

Most manufacturers recommend a flush or a filter and fluid replacement once every 40,000 to 60,000 miles. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specifics.

Brake Fluid

Your vehicle’s brake fluid has the important responsibility of transferring the pressure you apply to the brake pedal to the brake calipers to slow the vehicle down. Braking creates massive amounts of heat and friction, so this fluid must be resistant to boiling in these high temperatures. While new fluid is resistant to boiling, older fluid may have absorbed water from the air, lowering its boiling point. Boiling brake fluid can introduce air into the brake lines and cause failure. Also, water damages brake lines from the inside out. Exchanging the fluid can help prevent these issues.

Many manufacturers do not list a recommended service interval for the brake fluid, but most technicians will suggest swapping it out every 60,000 miles.

Engine Coolant

Coolant has the important job of keeping the engine’s temperature in check. It flows into the engine, absorbs heat, and returns to the radiator for cooling before starting its journey all over again. Because of the insane heat it deals with, coolant breaks down with age and can congeal, which may clog the cooling system and cause overheating. You can avoid this issue by changing the coolant according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Every manufacturer has its own recommendations to coolant-exchange intervals, so check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for details. Most manufacturer recommend doing this service once every 60,000 to 80,000 miles.

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