Automotive Fluid Flushes

Fluid Flushes

Coolant Flush & Fill:

Engine_coolantThe coolant (antifreeze) is an integral part of your engine.  It keeps the engine running cool, and it also supplies the interior of your vehicle with heat in the winter.

Flushing your car’s engine will remove any dirt, rust or sediment which may damage the water pump and clog the engine water jacket and radiator. The new antifreeze will help your car’s engine run cooler and at optimum temperature,

Check your car owner’s manual to see the recommended interval for changing your antifreeze and flushing your coolant system.  Typically this is performed every 30,000 miles.

Transmission Flush:

Transmission fluid acts as a lubricant protecting the moving parts inside the transmission. Over time, this fluid deteriorates and loses its ability to lubricate. For the best protection, you should consider changing the Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) and filter (if applicable) every 30,000 miles.  An automatic transmission creates a lot of internal heat through the friction of the fluid churning inside the torque converter, friction created when the clutch plates engage and the normal friction created by gears and bearings carrying their loads.

If ATF temperatures can be held to 175 degrees F. (the usual temperature range at which most  fluids are designed to operate), it will last almost indefinitely, up to 100,000 miles. But if the ATF temperature goes much higher, the life of the fluid  begins to plummet. At elevated operating temperatures, ATF oxidizes and turns brown destroying the fluid’s lubricating characteristics.

At high temperatures the transmission begins to slip.  Eventually the clutches burn out and the transmission fails. Servicing your transmission fluid with a complete flush of the system to remove contaminates and replacing the fluid with fresh clean transmission fluid is a safe bet to extend the life of your transmission.

Power Steering Flush:

The serpentine belt from the engine posers a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid.  This actuates a hydraulic cylinder that provides power to help steer.

The fluid need to changing for a couple of reasons:

  • It attracts moisture-water has different hydraulic qualities than power steering fluid, and that makes a difference in steering performance.
  • Water is also corrosive and can damage power steering components.  Flushing out the system gets rid of dirt and deposits. The clean, fresh fluid lubricates and provides better corrosion protection.

Keep in mind, any significant loss of the fluid may be due to a leak in your power steering system components.

 

Brake Fluid Flush

Brake fluid is the hydraulic fluid that is used by a braking system to transmit compressed energy from the vehicle’s master cylinder to the individual disc brake calipers or drum brake cylinders. Stepping on the brake pedal forces brake fluid through lines and hoses and forces the brake pads or brake shoes out to stop the vehicle.. The brake system can produce extremely high temperatures, over the boiling point. Contamination by moisture will severely degrade the brake fluids ability to not boil, which causes “Brake Fade”. This contamination can cause corrosion in the system and damage the components Make sure that the level is topped off when your car is serviced. Be aware, that any significant loss of the fluid may be caused by a leak in your brake system components. Brake lines can corrode enough to cause fluid leaks and loss of braking power.  Flushing the system and replacing the fluid is important and necessary to maintain a good braking system. The automotive professionals agree that glycol-based brake fluid, (DOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 5.1) should be flushed, or changed, every 1-2 years under non-racing conditions