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Get In the Know on FluidsYour vehicle requires the right level of assorted fluids to keep it running smoothly. Fluids help keep parts clean and lubricated. Plus, they play an integral part in powering the engine, cooling system, transmission and brakes. Stay smart about fluids to stay safe on the road.
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Polished Performance with Every Service VisitWith every service visit, we provide a comprehensive and easy-to-read safety and mechanical multi-point inspection after we check the condition of your fluids and top off fluids such as:
Old engine oil like this should be replaced.
An example of new engine oil.
Engine Oil Coloring
New engine oil will generally have a light gold to brown hue and should be nearly transparent.
Synthetic oil may appear dark brown or black.
Oil that appears milky, thick or thinor that has a strong odorshould be replaced.
How Should My Brake Fluid Look?
Old brake fluid like this should be replaced.
An example of new brake fluid.
Brake Fluid Coloring
Fresh brake fluid should be clear to amber in color, and may have a slight purple tint to it. Brake fluid that appears dark brown or black should be replaced.
How Should My Engine Coolant Look?
Old coolant like this should be replaced.
An example of new coolant.
Coolant ColoringThe coolant color is dependent upon the type of coolant your vehicle requires. Coolant that has lost its coloring or that appears rusty should be replaced.
When towing a heavy load downhill for several miles, or when driving over mountainous or hilly terrain, brakes and brake fluid efficiency are greatly reduced. If you are planning a trip, have your service advisor check your brakes before you embark.
See our service advisors if you have any questions, or if you would like more information regarding the information presented here.
Remember that automotive fluids can be toxic or even deadly. While simple inspections may be safe to perform, be sure to leave maintenance and service to the experts.
Testing and changing your engine coolant is highly dangerous, since it can heat to scalding temperatures and the chemical make-up is extremely toxic. See your service advisor when its time to replace this vital fluid.
The Low-Down on FluidsAutomotive fluids act not only as lubricants, but also as cleansing agents. For optimum upkeep, use only the fluid types that are recommended by your vehicles manufacturer. Have the following fluids replaced on a regular basis to minimize wear on the engine and other mechanical components.
Engine oil lubricates, cleans and cools critical parts of the engine, which in turn prevents premature wear. Driving your vehicle when it is low on oil can cause severe engine damage. Have your service advisor check and change your engine oil and filter every 3,000 miles, three months or as recommended in your owners manual. We even keep a detailed profile of your vehicles condition so we are sure to provide service when you need it most.
Automatic transmission fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the transmission. Additionally, it transmits force and pressure, inhibits contaminant buildup and protects the transmission. Your service advisor should check and change your transmission fluid and filter every 24,000 miles, two years or as recommended.
Engine Coolant/Radiator Fluid
Your radiator serves to keep the engine cool and to prevent overheating. Engine coolant runs best at about 200-degrees Fahrenheit. Low fluid levels and dirty fluids can lead to overheating. Make sure your service advisor checks and changes your antifreeze fluid every 24,000 miles, two years or as recommended.
Brake fluid helps ensure that your vehicles brakes function properly and are well maintained, yet drivers often overlook this crucial fluid. Contaminants such as dirt or water can have adverse effects on your brakes. Have your service advisor check and change your brake fluid every 24,000 miles or two years.
Gas Up the Smart Way
Especially in todays economy, questions about fuel carry serious weight. Monitor your gas mileage by filling your tank with the right fuel.
The Right Fuel for You
Contrary to popular belief, the most expensive fuel will not necessarily provide the highest performance. The majority of cars on the market today are actually built to operate on the lower octane fuels. Read your owners manual and check with your service advisor to determine what fuel is best for your vehicle.
The Higher the Octane, The Slower the Burn
At the pump, youve likely seen that octane ratings are regular, mid-grade and premium or super as noted on the yellow and black fuel pump tags. The higher the rating, the slower the fuel burns and the greater resistance the engine may have to potential problems. As always, see your service advisor if you detect signs of fuel issues.
Boost Fuel Efficiency, Better the World
By keeping your vehicle in sound mechanical condition, you may increase fuel efficiency and engine powerand, youll contribute to a cleaner environment.
Liquefy your concerns.You can trust us, your expert service providers, to ensure that all your automotive components are running smoothly.
Especially during inclement weather, you may need to regularly add windshield washer fluid. Check your owners manual to locate the washer solvent reservoir, and add only washer fluid. Never window cleaner or regular water.
Ask a service advisor for help if you need any of this information explained in more detail.
Avoid filling up your gas tank when a fuel tanker is refilling the pumps. Freshly filled fuel pumps may contain water and debris that gets churned up from the bottom of the in-ground tank.
Proper vehicle maintenance can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 35 percent. A simple tune-upincluding a new air filter, a tire pressure check and a premium oil changecan save you money at the pump.
See store for details. AutoNation, Maroone names, designs, and related marks are registered trademarks of AutoNation, Inc. Copyright 1996, 2005. All rights reserved. All recommendations are general guidelines. Consult your owners manual for more specific information. Driving habits and road conditions also affect service intervals.