There are many types of fluids that run through your vehicle and they all perform different functions lending to your car’s performance and efficiency. Because these fluids help your car run, they need to be inspected, changed, or topped off routinely. Since the spring season brings about more road trips, messier conditions, and warmer temperatures, there are a few critical fluids you should check up on. See which vehicle fluids you need to have changed or topped-off for the spring season below:
Oil Changes - Oil changes are by far one of the most important services you need to have done on a routine basis. Your engine oil is the key to many functions including lubricating moving engine parts, keeping your engine clean, protecting the engine against wear, and helping to take heat away from the engine. We recommend getting your oil changed every 3,000 - 5,000 miles. But if you can't remember the last time it was changed, you can check the level and color on your dipstick. If the oil is low or looks black and dirty or sooty, it's time for an oil change! Dirty oil can really impact your car's performance, cause premature wear on your engine, and contribute to engine overheating.
Washer Fluid - Your vehicle’s washer fluid works in conjunction with your wiper blades to clear your view of the road. When the spring season hits, rain, fog, and muck can reduce your visibility out on the road, so it's important to make sure your tank is topped-off. If you're purchasing and filling up on your own, make sure to get a pre-diluted solution that is rated for the temperatures you'll be driving in, otherwise you can risk it freezing in the tank. At Graff Mt. Pleasant, we'd be happy to provide you a top-off this spring!
Coolant - Also known as antifreeze, coolant is an auto fluid composed of additives that help control the temperature of different engine parts. Your coolant’s main job is to help prevent the radiator from overheating throughout the whole year. We recommend flushing and changing your vehicle’s coolant every two years or every 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. If your engine appears to be overheating, stop driving and turn off your vehicle as soon as you can to avoid engine damage. If you see a small leak underneath your vehicle, stop into either Graff Mt. Pleasant location, as soon as you can. Our experienced technicians can take a look and figure out what's going on.
Your vehicle's fluids are just as important as any other component, so don't forget about them! When you schedule an oil change or any other service at Graff Mt. Pleasant, we'll provide a multi-point inspection to ensure your vehicle and its fluids are in good condition. And, if needed, we can provide top-offs of fluids like your windshield wiper fluid, so you can travel safely. We proudly serve the Mt. Pleasant area and nearby communities including Midland, Big Rapids, Clare, Alma, St. Louis, and Ithaca. Schedule your next oil change or Spring Car Care appointment online or by calling (989) 773-3937 (Graff Chevy) or (989) 773-3917 (Graff Buick GMC Cadillac).