Keep Your Vehicle Running With These 3 Less-Common Maintenance Items

By Justin Cupler | July 17th, 2018

Vehicle maintenance is a huge part in keeping your huge investment on the road and serving you well. But there are some very important maintenance items that tend to fall by the wayside. Left incomplete, these items can cause mechanical damage that can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Here are three important maintenance items you do not want to forget.

Automatic Transmission Fluid

Your vehicle’s automatic transmission goes through just as much stress as the engine — maybe even more — so its fluid also needs replacing regularly. This fluid acts as a hydraulic oil for shifting, a lubricant, a cleaner, and a coolant as it flows through the transmission. All the heat and debris that builds up in the transmission can break the fluid down, and if you do not replace the transmission fluid at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals, you could damage the transmission.

Most manufacturers recommend a flush or a filter and fluid replacement once every 40,000 to 60,000 miles. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specifics.

Brake Fluid

Your vehicle’s brake system uses a hydraulic oil called brake fluid to transfer the pressure you apply to the brake pedal to the brake calipers to slow the vehicle down. This fluid endures extreme levels of heat, but the manufacturer designs it to handle it without issue. That said, brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it retains water, and this can cause issues down the road.

When this fluid takes on too much water, it lowers the fluid’s boiling point to a point where the brake fluid could boil from the heat the brake system creates. This boiling fluid can introduce air into the brake system and cause failure. Also, water damages brake lines and seals.

Many manufacturers do not list a recommended service interval for the brake fluid, but most technicians will suggest swapping it out every 60,000 miles.

Engine Coolant

Your vehicle uses coolant — a water and antifreeze mixture — to regulate its engine temperature. Over time the heat this mixture endures breaks it down and can cause it to form a gel and potentially clog up the cooling system. Changing the coolant is the only way to eliminate this gel and keep the cooling system working as designed.

Every manufacturer has its own recommendations to coolant-exchange intervals, so check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for details. Most manufacturer recommend doing this service once every 60,000 to 80,000 miles.

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