In order to keep your vehicle running smoothly, regular maintenance and routine check-ups are key. While typically a vehicle’s tires, brakes, and transmission steal all the attention, fluids are a key player in the health and longevity of your car. Keeping these fluids fresh and at optimal levels is important to maintain a well-running vehicle. Think of fluids in your car’s engine as the lifeblood of your vehicle. Not only do these fluids ensure your vehicle’s performance and safety, but they also help keep your repair costs down.

Brake Fluid

Vehicle braking systems are hydraulic which means that they rely on fluid to create the pressure that allows your vehicle to stop. Directly affecting your safety, brake fluid is incredibly important. If you are low on brake fluid (or continually get low), it could be a signal that you need to replace your brakes. Typically, brake fluid is a golden hue. If it looks brown, it’s time to replace.


Coolant consists of antifreeze and water and is utilized to keep your engine cool. If you are low on this fluid, your vehicle is susceptible to overheating. On average, coolant should be replaced every two years, but it is important to check it annually (and especially before summertime). It is an easy fluid to check, so it’s a good idea to examine your levels whenever you’re under the hood.

Engine Oil

Engine oil keeps all the working parts within the engine lubricated and clean. Oil changes are suggested every 3000 miles, but this can vary depending on the vehicle so be sure to check the owner’s manual.

Power Steering

Power steering fluid allows you to maneuver your steering wheel smoothly. Hearing odd sounds while steering? This is a signal that you may be low on power steering fluid. It is recommended to check this fluid once a month and replace it roughly every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid, like brake fluid, is located in a closed system, so if you experience any leaks, you should have it inspected immediately. We recommend checking your fluid monthly and replacing it every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. If you notice the fluid has become brown or is producing a burning smell, it is time for a transmission fluid replacement.

To ensure your vehicle is performing optimally, you have to take care of your car’s fluids. For fluid replacements, top offs, and all other car maintenance needs, give us a call at Woodbury’s Original Auto Works – The Place Your Neighbors Trust.