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Learn About Vehicle Fluids Spring Car Care from the Experts at Graff Bay City

The fluids that are required by your car, truck, SUV, or crossover play a big role in your vehicle’s performance. So what does routine maintenance of your vehicle’s fluids consist of? Regularly flushing them, changing them, and topping them off will allow your vehicle to continue to operate as it should without any issues. It is recommended that you check the levels of your vehicle fluids regularly, and the start of spring is a great time to do so. Each fluid plays a different role in your vehicle and has its own suggested time interval between required services. Below you can find more information about each auto fluid, including why and how to maintain it. For more information on keeping up with routine maintenance and how to care for your vehicle take a look at our service FAQ page.

  • Oil Changes: Routine oil changes at regularly scheduled intervals help to increase the performance of your vehicle by ensuring each engine part is running smoothly. The oil serves to lubricate various engine components and also keeps the system clean by absorbing loose particles. It’s recommended you change your oil should every 3,000-5,000 miles or longer if you're using synthetic oil. Through regular oil changes, you'll keep your car running its best and protect it against any unnecessary damage or wear. To find out the recommended oil change interval for your vehicle, consult your owner’s manual.
  • Coolant: Coolant, also called antifreeze, is a mixture of a solution and water, normally a 50/50 ratio. The additives in the solution increase the boiling point of water and decrease the freezing point to keep the vehicle from overheating or freezing. Our service experts suggest replacing your coolant every 30,000 miles, or you can consult your vehicle’s owner manual for its individual needs. If you notice a leak or begin to smell a sweet aroma in your vehicle, you should have your coolant inspected as soon as possible.
  • Washer Fluid: Washer fluid works with your wiper blades to clean off your windshield and keep your view clear. Maintaining your vehicle’s windshield washer fluid simply requires refilling it when the fluid is low. At Graff Bay City, we’re happy to top-off your washer fluid at your next oil change – just ask one of our service experts!
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Schedule Your Spring Fluids Service Appointment at Graff Chevrolet

The knowledgeable service techs at Graff Chevrolet in Bay City will always take great care of you and your vehicle. If you’re unsure about the last time you had any of your fluids flushed, or any of your fluid levels are low, bring your car into our Bay Area Service Center and we can perform a quick and through inspection. Make an appointment with us online or over the phone by calling (989) 684-4411. Graff Bay City is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706, and we’re proud to provide service to the cities of Saginaw, Frankenmuth, Mt. Morris, Clio, and Pinconning.