Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow earlier this month, declaring that Walled Lake is due for another six weeks of winter. Does it feel like Groundhog Day for your vehicle, too? Like Bill Murray living a single day on repeat, it may seem like your vehicle has the same recommendations over and over every time you visit an auto repair shop.
Does that mean something is wrong with your vehicle? Not necessarily. Some of the hardest working fluids in your vehicle need to be replaced on a regular basis in order to protect your vehicle and keep it running smoothly.
- Engine oil lubricates all of the moving parts within your engine. It needs to be replaced every 3 months or 3,000 miles to prevent the fluid from becoming too thick and viscous to perform its job efficiently.
- Coolant and Antifreeze makes sure your engine is running at the proper temperature, without getting to hot (overheating) or too cold (freezing).
- Brake fluid allows you to stop your vehicle with a push on the brake pedal. If the hydraulic fluid stops working, your car won’t be able to stop.
Each of these fluids need to be replaced regularly in order to keep your car running properly. Keeping up with preventative maintenance, like fluid flushes, helps keep your vehicle running efficiently and prevents further damage to sensitive (and expensive) parts and systems in your car.
When you bring your vehicle to Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts for an inspection, our technicians will inspect the condition of your vehicle and recommend services as needed. If an oil change, coolant system flush, or brake maintenance is needed, we will advise you and explain your options.
To save money over the life of your vehicle, keep up with preventative maintenance! Even if it feels like Groundhog Day, following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule can help you take care of your vehicle, keep it running smoothly, avoid expensive repairs, and save money over the life of your car!