The fluids in your vehicle keep things running smoothly. They lubricate, protect, and cool critical systems, so your car or truck doesn't suffer engine damage on the road. Day to day operation of your car or truck causes these fluids to break down or become dirty, and this can make them less effective.
Signs Your Vehicle Needs Fluid Service
While many fluids should be checked routinely, sometimes you will need fluid service between these checks.
Signs that you need to have your fluids checked include:
Warning lights: If the "check engine" or "oil" lights are illuminated on your dash, get your vehicle in right away. These lights often indicate a problem with fluids, and you need to have them checked.
Problems when shifting: If you hear grinding or squealing while shifting, it may indicate a problem with your transmission fluid. If you don't address this quickly, you could face a costly transmission repair. If the car shifts hard, this can also indicate a transmission fluid problem.
Low fluid levels: Get in the habit of checking your own fluids. If you're noticing that they're low, it indicates you need fluid service or a system repair.
Puddles in the driveway or garage: Vehicles do have some drips when they're operating normally, but if you're regularly finding puddles of dark liquid in the garage or driveway, you have a problem.
Car overheating: If your car keeps overheating, you likely have a coolant problem. Bring it in for a thorough diagnostic test to see what the problem may be.
If you're noticing any of these problems, fluid issues are likely the cause. Visit us to have one of our mechanics get to the bottom of the problem and find a workable solution.