When you drive your brand new car off the lot of a Beach Boulevard of Cars dealership, transmission fluid probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. But don’t worry; you’re definitely in the majority. Keeping a car in tip-top condition will make sure it runs efficiently and reliable for many years to come. Follow these steps to make sure your car is properly maintained and you’ll be able to count yourself among the minority of car owners who care enough about their ride to take a peek under the hood. And even if you’re not doing these services yourself, it is great information to know so you can remember when to take your car back to a Beach Boulevard of Cars dealership for expert service. Your car will thank you.
There are five major fluids that can be considered the lifeblood of your ride. Just like blood, adrenaline and other fluids power a human body through the day, every car is packed with fluids that keep all its parts running in harmony. As you may expect, each of these fluids has a different timeline and a different way to check its level.
• Engine Oil: It’s a good idea to check it once a month using the dipstick. The dipstick is usually pretty easy to spot; it’s probably yellow or another bright color and will be sticking out of your engine block. Pull it out, wipe it down, stick it back in and pull it out again. Consult your owner’s manual to see what the proper level of oil is for your make and model of car. Also consult your owner’s manual to see how often you should get your oil changed.
• Transmission Fluid: Check your transmission fluid monthly while the car is running. Since it’s a closed system, it won’t be low unless there is a major problem. Most cars can go 50,000-100,000 miles without a transmission fluid change.
• Coolant: Check this fluid when there’s a major weather change such as the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter. You shouldn’t have to replace this fluid more often than once every few years.
• Brake Fluid: Inspect the condition of this fluid whenever you change your oil. The fluid should be a golden color. Replace it or get it replaced if it turns brown. This fluid should also last you about two years.
• Power Steering: In some cars, this fluid will never need to be replaced but consult your owner’s manual. Check it once a month and keep it topped off to keep your car driving well.
A clean car is just as good for you mental health as a clean house. You wouldn’t want to sleep next to a week-old fast-food container, so don’t drive to work with one next to you. Immediately cleaning stains and spills will keep you happier but it will also greatly improve the resale value of your car. The car’s exterior is just as important. Dirt, stuck-on road tar, bird poop and other substances can harm your coat of paint and clearcoat if left to linger. Clean your car often and make touch-ups to the paint as necessary.
For help with any of these steps, or to have our service technicians take care of them for you, come to Beach Boulevard of Cars today! With years of experience, our staff members are well-equipped to offer advice and provide services on new and used cars in Orange County, CA. Whether you need service for your Nissan, Kia, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Mazda, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Scion, Volkswagen or Hyundai, our service techs will provide the level of professional care you deserve.