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Get to Know Your Car, Part 2

car under magnifying glassIf you missed the first installment in the ‘Get to Know Your Car‘ series, we’re going to school to teach you some common car components. Why? Well, a car is a core tool we use every day; you should know how it works!

Now, you don’t need a degree in mechanical energy to understand everything we’re talking about, just a desire to know the ins and outs of your car. The idea here is that when your mechanic starts talking about you needing a new fuel cylinder, you’ll know what it does and why you need one.

In our first article, we touched over a few key engine parts, such as your alternator and combustion chamber. I highly recommend you go back and take a look at that one to play a little catchup.

Today, I thought we’d ease up on the engine parts and focus on the liquids that keep your car running. This assorted list of fluids should always be checked to ensure your car runs smoothly.

  • Engine oil might be the hardest working component on this list. Not only does it lubricate your engine’s parts to prevent grinding, it prevents dirt buildup, enhances fuel economy and protects certain systems. The reason you go through oil changes more than anything else with your car is that your oil works the hardest! Keeping this clean is crucial to the car’s continued life.
  • Transmission fluid is localized to your transmission and works solely in that part. Whether stick-shift or automatic, the transmission fluid keeps your gears from grinding each other to pieces. In an automatic, it also cools the transmission and helps supply power to the system.
  • Coolant does exactly what it sounds like—cools your engine. Also known as antifreeze (because it is chemically-altered to never freeze so you can run your car in cold climates), it circulates your engine to remove excess heat. The leftover heat from your engine’s internal combustion either goes out through your exhaust or through your radiator, and your coolant is what takes that heat from the engine to the radiator.
  • Brake fluid is hydraulic fluid, meaning it moves the components in your car’s break systems. Without it, your brakes don’t work. Like transmission fluid, it is found only in the braking system and should always be checked during a routine oil change.
  • Power steering fluid is another closed-system liquid, meaning it only works in the power steering section of your car. Luckily, this fluid almost never needs changing, just topping-off. If you start to hear creaks and groans out of your steering wheel, it might be time to pop the hood and check it out.

When any one of these goes wrongs, your car will most likely break down. If you suspect your car is having a problem with one of these, call us today so that we can help get you back on the road.

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