Auto Fluid Types, Inspection, and Replacement in Bay City, MI – Graff Service Center

At Graff Bay City, we want to help you take the best care of your vehicle so that it runs like new for years to come. Routine vehicle maintenance is important for many reasons including for your safety, the performance of your vehicle, and the lifespan of your car, truck, SUV, or crossover. With the right routine auto services, including auto filter car care, you can minimize any unexpected issues and costs associated with your vehicle.


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Every car fluid type in your vehicle plays a big role in its overall performance. To keep your car running at its best, it’s important to regularly maintain all of these fluids, and at Graff Bay City we can help you do so! Our auto service experts will help you flush, change, or top off any of the fluids required by your vehicle. While each fluid in your vehicle has its own specific maintenance needs, you can avoid costly damages down the road by regularly inspecting your auto fluid levels and condition. Below we’ve outlined the importance of each of type of auto fluid in your vehicle, and the recommended service interval for each. If you have any questions about any of car fluids, or if you need to have your vehicle serviced, give us a call at (989) 684-4411 or schedule an appointment online – we’re here to help!

Auto Fluid Maintenance – Oil Changes, Brake Fluid, Coolant, Power Steering Fluid, Transmission Fluid, and Washer Fluid

Oil Changes: Routine oil changes help to improve the overall performance and life expectancy of your vehicle. The main job of the oil in your vehicle is to lubricate all the moving components in your engine to ensure the various components remain clean and run smoothly. In general, it is recommended to have your oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles. However, depending on your driving habits and whether your vehicle utilizes synthetic oil, you may be able to go longer between oil changes. Check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s specific needs.

Brake Fluid: Your vehicle’s brake fluid is a hydraulic, hygroscopic fluid. The fluid works with your brake hydraulic system to transfers the pressure you put onto your brake pedal to the brake rotors and then stop the vehicle. While the time interval between required brake fluid services is a bit longer than your vehicle’s other fluids, it is still an important part of your routine auto maintenance. To keep your vehicle’s brake system running smoothly, you should consider a brake fluid flush every 30,000 miles to ensure proper brake system performance. Should you ever notice your brake fluid leaking, you should come into our Service Center right away. A brake fluid leak could result in brake failure.

Coolant: The coolant in your vehicle is also referred to as antifreeze. It has the job of keeping your vehicle from overheating in the summer or while it’s running, and from freezing during the winter months. Coolant also protects the aluminum parts in your engine from corrosion. It’s recommended that every 30,000 miles the fluid is flushed and changed. However, each vehicle’s specific requirements are different so be sure to check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s needs.

Coolant is made from a mixture of water and antifreeze, usually a 50/50 ratio. It has a sweet smell and is usually colored red, green, blue or yellow. If you notice a sweet smell coming from your engine or if you see a leak under your car, we recommend bringing your vehicle into our service center as soon as possible. A coolant leak can lead to your vehicle overheating, which can lead to warped cylinder heads.

Power Steering Fluid: Your vehicle’s power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid with many different jobs in your vehicle’s performance. The first is to transfer power to your vehicle’s steering rack so you’re able to utilize the power steering capabilities. The fluid also lubricates the power steering pump and gear unit, decreases friction in the power steering system, and lowers the temperature in the steering system. Overtime, your power steering fluid can become contaminated which can cause wear on other components of the steering system such as the fuel pump. How often you should maintain your power steering fluid tends to be a highly debated topic since it is dependent on many different factors. However, it’s important to pay attention to warning signs that may indicate an issue, like any leaks or whining noises coming from your vehicle. Throughout the lifetime of your vehicle, you should consider having your power steering fluid flushed to prolong its performance. Next time you visit the Service Center at Graff Bay City, simply ask one of our expert service techs to inspect your vehicle’s power steering fluid and they will be able to give you honest insight into the health of your vehicle.

Washer Fluid: Your windshield washer fluid allows your wiper blades to give you a clean and clear view of the road ahead. Although it can be easy to overlook washer fluid maintenance, it’s one of the easiest auto fluids to take care of, and it’s also very important for your safety. Maintaining your washer fluid simply requires filling up the windshield washer fluid tank when it gets low. There are two different types of washer fluid you can choose from. The first is a water-diluted solution, which is the most common type of washer fluid used in most vehicles – simply pour it in and go! The second type of washer fluid is a concentrated version that must be diluted with water in the tank before use. Ultimately, the solution you use is dependent on the climate you’re driving in. Check the label of the washer fluid and it will state what type of weather it is suited for.

Transmission Fluid: Your vehicle’s transmission fluid keeps all the moving parts within the transmission running smoothly, by acting as a lubricant. In an automatic transmission, the transmission fluid also acts as a coolant and power source between the engine and transmission. Depending on the transmission in your vehicle, different transmission fluids are recommended for use. When it’s time to flush and replace your transmission fluid, one of our knowledgeable service experts can recommend the specific fluid required for your vehicle make/model. Our service experts suggest having the transmission fluid flushed every 30,000 miles; however you can also reference your owner’s manual for the factory-suggested service interval.

Schedule Your Routine Auto Fluid Service Inspection or Replacement at Graff Bay City

Simply stop by the Service Center at Graff Bay City if any of your auto fluids needs to be inspected, flushed, replaced, or topped-off. We’re happy to take care of all your auto service needs, and are here to answer any questions you may have about your vehicles various fluids. You can always count on our Service Center team for the best auto service experience in the Bay County region. We’re proud to service every make and model in the communities of Bay City, Saginaw, Pinconning, and Clio. Schedule your routine fluid care appointment with us online or over the phone at (989) 694-4411.

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