With the fast pace of the world today, it is common to miss a maintenance schedule for your car. Even if you do a routine check-up, you will often find it hard to keep track of all the lubricants and fluids used in the vehicle. But there are a lot of fluids and lubricants that your car uses and it's important to keep track of them.
Here's a list of the top 5 fluids and lubricants essential for your car.
1: Engine Oil:
The engine is the beating heart of the car or bike. Being a mechanical part, the car or bike engine is prone to the daily routine of countless rotations, movements, and friction with multiple other parts in cohesion. Engine oil or engine lubricants play a very important in the smooth and efficient functioning of the engine. The main functions of engine oil are – reducing function and wear on the engine and clean the engine from sludge and varnish. It is very important to change the engine oil and filters at periodic intervals of 10000-15000 km.
Car and bike engines develop power through the process of combustion. Due to this, engines become extremely hot. Without proper care and protection, the engine can wear down or melt, which in turn leads to excessive costs. Car or bike coolant is also known as anti-freeze protects the engine from overheating. Coolants also lubricate the internal parts of the engine and protect damage to the parts like – water pump, head gasket, cylinder, and piston timing. The car or bike coolant should be replaced after every 50000 km periodically.
3: Brake Fluid:
Brake fluid is a fluid used in the hydraulic brake. When you apply your foot to the brake, the brake fluid transfers this force into pressure to the front and rear brakes and stops the vehicle. Never reuse brake fluid that has been drained from the brake system or even fresh fluid that has been allowed to sit in an open container, because brake fluid is quickly contaminated by dust, air, and moisture.
4: Power Steering Fluid:
Power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid that provides hydraulic assistance to your steering wheel so you can use it with ease. It also helps lubricate the steering pump and other components of the steering system. Dirty fluid leaking or a noise coming from your steering wheel indicates that a power steering fluid change is in order.
5: Transmission Fluid:
Transmission fluid is used to lubricate the components of a car or bike’s transmission. There are 2 types of transmission fluids – one for a manual transmission and another for an automatic transmission. The correct automatic transmission fluid for your car will vary with regard to the type of automatic transmission you have. Make sure to check the automatic transmission your car has and then use the correct one for use.