Top up your flu­ids be­fore win­ter starts

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Lu­bri­cant, coolant, cleaner — there are var­i­ous flu­ids in your car that play sev­eral im­por­tant roles when it comes to your en­gine’s health. And since the me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents of your car are un­der heavy strain through­out the win­ter months, it’s im­por­tant to check your oil and other fluid lev­els when the weather light­ens up in or­der to main­tain ef­fec­tive­ness.

Mo­tor oil

Mo­tor oil is sub­ject to sig­nif­i­cant tem­per­a­ture vari­a­tions dur­ing the cold season. Th­ese changes are re­spon­si­ble for the for­ma­tion of mois­ture, which re­duces the ef­fec­tive­ness of the oil’s lu­bri­cat­ing prop­er­ties. That’s why it’s im­por­tant to drain your flu­ids ev­ery spring, even if you don’t drive much dur­ing the win­ter. Al­ter­na­tively, if you use mo­tor oil de­signed to with­stand ex­treme cold, come spring, it will need to be re­placed with one that’s more suit­able for sum­mer weather.

Other flu­ids

Dur­ing the sum­mer, coolant pre­vents your en­gine from over­heat­ing. So it’s im­por­tant to check on it be­fore the sum­mer heat wave fi­nally hits. To pre­serve the me­chan­i­cal parts of your car for as long as pos­si­ble, your brake and power steer­ing flu­ids have to be care­fully main­tained — your me­chanic will make sure they stay at the ap­pro­pri­ate lev­els so that your car con­tin­ues to work at peak per­for­mance.

Last but not least, take a sec­ond to check your wind­shield wiper fluid: have you filled it since the last snow­storm? Don’t wait un­til you need it to find out!

Con­trib­uted

Dur­ing the win­ter, mo­tor oil un­der­goes tem­per­a­ture vari­a­tions that foster mois­ture for­ma­tion and re­duce its ef­fec­tive­ness. Change it in the spring.

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