Car Maintenance Tips: Fluids

In our past blogs regarding car maintenance tips we have discussed some of the fluid levels that need to be checked.   This week we are adding 4 more.  Transmission and Power Steering are part of a closed system and your mechanic will check those when you do a routine car checkup.  There are resevoirs and changes in car handling that will tip you off to a problem with either one.


  1. Air Conditioning – this should only be done by a certified mechanic.  If you notice the air blowing from vents has gotten warmer, you most likely are low.


  1. Windshield Wiper Fluid– This is the easiest to check, just look in the reservoir and note the “fill” line.  Having enough windshield wiper fluid is important for several reasons; if fluid is empty your ability to see out of windshield can be compromised. In a storm mud/dirt from the roadway can get on your windshield or in summer, dead insects can impair visibility.  Dry wiping can cause damage to both windshield and wipers.



  1. Power Steering Fluid – This keeps your steering smooth, if you hear a ‘funny’ sound or steering feels like it’s changed it can mean the power steering fluid is low.  Since power steering fluid typically does not drop, if it looks low or the above happens, it’s time to take the care in to a certified mechanic.  Changes in your steering can create safety issues for drivers and passengers.


  1. Transmission Fluid – Transmission fluid is part of a closed system and should never be low.  If you smell a burnt smell the fluid needs to be replaced. If you notice a reddish/brown stain where you park your car there is most likely a leak. In either of these situations you should bring the car in to a certified mechanic.


Of course, bringing your car in for regular car maintenance checks can alleviate the worry and usually save you money.  A mechanic may catch a problem early and save you from a potentially expensive fix.  Bring your car for a maintenance check C & G Auto and Trucks and drive worry free.