Over time, dust, dirt, and debris contaminate the fluids within the vehicle. The collection of contaminants impairs the efficiency and functionality of the fluids, which can lead to serious damage in various vehicle components. The fluids in a vehicle usually pass through multiple components to cool and facilitate processes within that system. Dirty, contaminated fluid often causes backups that impede fluid from entering a system, such as the cooling system or wheel differential system. Because fluid is a vital part to the components within a larger system, contaminated fluid left within a system can wreak havoc in a vehicle. Regular fluid flushes prevent contaminated fluid buildup and deterioration.
A fluid flush refers to removing all of the old fluid within a system and replacing the old fluid with new fluid. Sometimes, the auto technicians must run water or a specialized cleaner through the system to ensure that all of the contaminants get flushed out. However, not all flushes require a strong cleanse. Ultimately, when to receive a fluid flush depends on the year, make, and model of the vehicle.
Brake Fluid Flush
Without brake fluid, the brakes will not stop a moving vehicle. A driver must be conscious of the brake fluid level because driving without brake fluid puts the driver, passengers, and others on the road in harm's way. Over time, brake fluid collects dust, dirt, moisture, and air. Air and other contaminants in the braking system affect a vehicle's stopping time. A brake fluid flush removes all of the brake fluid in the line to replace the old with new fluid. After a fluid flush, the auto technicians bleed the brakes in order to remove the air out of the line. A regular brake fluid flush approximately every 30,000 miles ensures that the brakes function quickly and efficiently when the driver needs them the most.
The coolant plays an important role in the cooling system by keeping the engine cool so that it does not overheat. Overt time, the coolant collects dirt and debris that have a negative effect on the coolant's performance. Coolant flushes replace the dirty liquid with new liquid. In older vehicles, the lime green coolant turns brown when the liquid needs replacement. In newer vehicles, the coolant appears orange. Coolant flushes should be performed approximately every 30,000 miles.
Differential Fluid Flush
The differential fluid is a thick, dark fluid that helps the vehicle compensate for the twists and turns down the road. A differential fluid flush creates one of the largest messes because differential fluid becomes thick and sludge-like after collecting contaminants. The differential fluid should be replaced every 30,000 miles by licensed mechanic because the differential system is located in the underneath side of the vehicle and must be lifted to complete the differential fluid flush. When completed, the fluid must be disposed of properly, and the inside of the differential housing must be wiped down in order to prevent the old fluid from contaminating the new fluid. A differential fluid flush is one of the messier, more difficult flushes to complete. We recommend that a licensed auto technician performs the service on a vehicle.
Fuel Induction Service
Over time, fuel picks up contaminants. These contaminants, such as carbon, can clog up the fuel injectors, which insert fuel into the engine for internal combustion. The carbon build-up in the engine decreases the fuel efficiency and power of an engine, which makes the engine sluggish. A fuel induction service helps improve vehicle performance by increasing fuel efficiency, reducing emissions, and preventing further fuel system repairs. An induction service removes the build up so that the engine runs faster, more efficiently, at a higher power. A regular fuel induction service performed at approximately every 30,000 miles ensures a healthy engine and fuel system.
Power Steering Fluid Flush
Over time, all fluids within the vehicle pick up contaminants and break down. Because the fluids play such a vital role in their designated systems, fluids should receive regular attention. Power steering fluid serves a crucial role in the steering system because power steering fluid allows the driver to turn the vehicle with minimal force and effort. Without power steering fluid, a five minute drive would feel like a total body workout. The vehicle should consider a power steering fluid flush when the driver can hear noises from the power steering that do not result from lo power steering fluid levels. To maintain a healthy power steering system, a vehicle should receive a power steering flush every 30,000 miles.
Transmission Fluid Flush
Transmission fluid helps transmit power from the engine to the transmission while lubricating all of the moving gear and parts within the transmission. In addition to preventing metal-on-metal friction damage, transmission fluid also makes sure that the transmission does not overheat. Old transmission fluid cannot perform the job as effectively as new transmission fluid. Contaminated transmission fluid produces gums and varnishes as well as causes premature transmission failure. Transmission jobs can be costly. A transmission fluid flush every 30,000 miles reduces the risk of transmission parts failure.
Hopewell Tire and Auto can flush your brake fluid, coolant, differential fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid.
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