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09/13/2017
Seven fluids are necessary to keep your vehicle in good shape. Motor oil,  brake fluid, and transmission fluid are only some of them, learn about the rest and their importance in this post.

The Seven Most Necessary Car Fluids

There are several fluids hard at work inside your vehicle. Together they keep your car in optimal performance rolling down the highway. Checking and refilling most of these fluids is something you can do at home as basic maintenance between tune-ups. North American Wholesale has made this list of the seven essential fluids your car should never be without.

Number 1: Fuel

The number one liquid your car should never be without is fuel, obviously. Your car needs fuel to move. You’re doing your vehicle a disservice by driving around with less than one-quarter of a tank. Driving to less than one-quarter can wreak havoc in your car, click here to find out more.

Number 2: Motor Oil

After fuel, the most critical fluid is oil. Oil travels through your engine, sneaking even into the tiniest places to bring lubrication. It prevents metal against metal rubbing to stop friction from developing, the number one culprit of overheating. Without oil, your engine would soon overheat and seize up. There's no sense in having a car with a broken engine. You’ll find that fresh oil comes in an amber to light brown color range. The oil gets darker as it starts to collect dirt and debris that reside in the engine. Just because your oil is dark it doesn’t mean it has stopped working; you need to consider its texture as well.  Check the oil dipstick, if you can see the stick through the oil (even if it’s dark), it still works. On the other hand, if it’s so thick, grainy, and gritty that you can’t see the stick, you need to replace it soon. This is your chance to go for a synthetic oil change; it’s about time make the smartest oil move you can and switch to AMSOIL Synthetic Oil. If you’re one of those people who constantly forget to change their oil, an option for longer change intervals is what you need. AMSOIL’s XL 5W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil is perfect for the job. Get your AMSOIL Synthetic Oil at their online store, or give North American Wholesale a call at (866) 580-1008 to purchase your products and listen to oil recommendations.

Number 3: Antifreeze

The constant rapid movement of the metal pieces that make up the engine raises the temperature really high. Motor oil isn’t enough to lower the engine’s temperature and prevent your motor from overheating. This is where coolant, or antifreeze, comes along. Antifreeze moves through the engine gathering heat and bringing it back to the radiator. The coolant should be changed around every 30,000 miles according to most car manufacturers’ recommendations. You can easily flush and refill the radiator on your own, remember to use a 50/50 mix of coolant and water.

Number 4: Power Steering Fluid

The power steering fluid helps you be able to control your vehicle’s wheels. The power steering system is a hydraulic system, which means it needs air pressure to function and the power steering fluid provides it. If you've started finding it hard to steer your wheels or if you hear them whining when you turn, you need to replenish this fluid. There’s no precise mileage interval to change your power steering fluid, so check it once a month just to be sure.

Number 5: Automatic Transmission Fluid

You can change the transmission fluid at home, just like your oil. In much the same way as motor oil, the transmission fluid’s job is to lubricate, it also has its dipstick under the hood. The transmission fluid is what allows you to shift gear seamlessly. It needs to be replaced every 60,000 miles unless you notice a leak, which means you have to do it earlier.

Number 6: Brake Fluid

Brakes are part of another hydraulic system in your car. When you step down on the pedal, a cylinder pushes the brake fluid, which in turn makes the brake pads clamp on the rotors and stop your vehicle. When there isn’t enough brake fluid, there’s not sufficient air pressure to make your car come to a halt. If your brakes aren’t responding fast enough or if they feel spongier when you push them down, you might need to refill the brake fluid. Refilling the brake fluid is something that requires the mechanic’s help.

Number 7: Windshield Wiper Fluid

The windshield wiper fluid won’t make your car perform better or spend less fuel, but it will make your driving safer. To remain secure on the road, you need to be able to see clearly through the windshield. You need to fill the fluid tank with a 50/50 mix of fluid and water. Windshield wiper fluid has special chemicals that make it easy to peel off the gunk and dead bugs from the glass; you won’t get that with water.

Everything You Need for Your Car's Lubrication Needs

You don't need to go to different stores to purchase all the fluids your car needs to remain lubricated; everything you need can be found at AMSOIL's online store. Get your filter and oil for your synthetic oil change, purchase your coolant, and brake fluid, and everything else you need with just one click. You can also choose to call North American Wholesale at (866) 580-1008 if you'd rather talk to someone about choosing the best products for your vehicle's needs.
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