Car owners are being urged to take the time to ensure their vehicles fluid and lubricant levels are correct.
The non-profit Car Care Council recently found that fluids and lubricants are among the most neglected items when it comes to basic auto care.
The group, which did spot tests at community car care events, found the top-three fluids most likely to be low or contaminated are windshield washer fluid (26%), engine oil (23%) and coolant (19%).
Car Fluids and Lubricants Quick Guide:
Windshield Washer Fluid – This keeps dirt and debris from collecting on a vehicle’s windshield, allowing the driver full visibility and making it an essential safety item. Windshield washer fluid should be checked monthly and drivers should use a fluid that is specially formulated for their climate.
Engine Oil – Oil lubricates the moving parts of a vehicle’s engine, helping keep the engine clean and preventing wear and overheating. Neglecting to change a vehicle’s oil can lead to costly repairs, including replacement. Engine oil levels should be checked frequently and changed per the owner’s manual.
Coolant – The fluid in your cooling system absorbs heat from the engine and dissipates it through the radiator and heat exchanger. Because coolant breaks down over time, neglecting it can lead to corrosion, rust and engine overheating. Flushing and replacing coolant every six to 12 months, depending upon climate, will help prevent costly repairs.
Rich White from the Car Care Council tells us checking fluids and lubricants is an easy job that any car owner can do.
“Checking fluids and lubricants is easy to put off, but each is critical to your vehicle running properly and safely,”
“The good news is that they are easy to check and inexpensive to replace.
“Whether you do it yourself or visit a trusted technician, be sure to inspect your vehicle for any possible signs of trouble so you can address minor service needs before they turn into major repairs.”