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Fluids and Filters: A Comprehensive Guide to Maintaining Your Car's Vital Systems

Proper maintenance is vital for keeping your car running smoothly and ensuring its longevity. One crucial aspect of car maintenance that often gets overlooked is the regular inspection and replacement of fluids and filters.

Your care requires various fluids and filters to function effectively. They include:

Engine Oil

Engine oil is critical in lubricating various engine components, reducing friction, dissipating heat, and preventing wear. Use a dipstick to check the oil level regularly. An oil change is required if the level is low or the oil appears dirty.


Coolant helps regulate engine temperature by absorbing excess heat. It also prevents freezing in colder climates.

Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid ensures smooth gear shifting by lubricating transmission components. Refer to your vehicle's manual for recommended intervals between fluid changes, which vary widely depending on make and model.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid transfers force from your foot on the brake pedal to each wheel's braking system effectively. Inspect brake fluid levels monthly; if it appears dark or contaminated with debris, consider flushing it out entirely.

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid enables easy maneuverability while driving by turning the wheels effortlessly. Check power steering fluid levels regularly according to manufacturer guidelines; use specialized power steering fluid if needed.

Air Filters

Both engine air filters (captures dust particles) and cabin air filters (filters pollutants entering the passenger compartment) need periodic attention. Clogged air filters restrict airflow affecting performance and fuel efficiency - replace them based on manufacturer recommendations.

Fuel Filters

Fuel filters prevent impurities from reaching the engine, ensuring proper fuel flow. Replace them at recommended intervals to avoid reduced engine performance and potential damage.

Regular inspections and timely replacements of fluids and filters are key to keeping your vehicle running smoothly. Please do not hesitate to visit the local auto experts at Nerger's Auto Express in Bound Brook, NJ, for all your automotive needs!


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