What Are Fluid Exchange Services, and Why Are They Important?

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One of the easiest ways to maintain your vehicle is with regular flushes.  Most people are aware of the importance of changing their car’s oil, but there are other fluids in your vehicle that are vital to its longevity and performance. These fluids can be evaluated during a fluid exchange service. During a fluid exchange service, a qualified technician will assess the quality of your vehicle’s fluids and replace them if necessary.  The technician will also check for leaks and ensure your fluids are at the right level. Let’s take a look at some of your vehicle’s essential fluids:

Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid lubricates the moving parts of your vehicle’s transmission. Just like oil, consistent rubbing, heat, and contaminants can degrade this fluid and prevent it from effectively lubricating, cooling, and cleaning. To keep your transmission running smoothly, exchange your transmission fluid regularly based your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.  A common service interval is every 50,000.

Brake Fluid
Brake fluids guard against corrosion and lubricate your vehicle’s brake system. Brake fluids absorb moisture and dirt from the air.  This debris can build up and affect not only your brake system but many other systems as well.  Reference your owner’s manual for recommended brake fluid exchange intervals.

Cooling System Fluid
Cooling system fluids cool and prevent corrosion of the engine’s internal components and prevent it from overheating. Overexerting your cooling system could lead damage of your water pump, radiator, and heater core, which could ultimately lead to engine failure.  We recommend that you regularly service your cooling system, per manufacturer specifications, to keep you engine running at its optimal performance.

Power Steering Fluid
Your vehicle’s power steering helps you steer your vehicle, particularly when driving at a slow pace. These fluids transfer energy from one hydraulic cylinder to another. To keep you power steering functioning properly, power steering fluid should be exchanged per manufacturer specifications.

Have questions about how frequently to perform these fluid exchange services on your vehicle?  We’re here to help … Call or stop by a Best-One retailer today!  Also, be sure to ask a sales representative about the benefits of fluid exchange warranty programs through trusted our suppliers like Valvoline.

By David Mitchell, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist