Are fluid exchanges really necessary? Will it matter if I put off the flush for a while? These are questions we often hear from customers when their vehicle is ready for scheduled maintenance. The answers are Yes and Yes! Fluid exchanges are a necessary part of keeping vehicle systems in good working condition.
Over time, these important fluids, including transmission, brake, cooling system, fuel, and power-steering fluids, lose their ability to clean, cool, lubricate, and flow freely, which can potentially lead to problems in the system.
What's a fluid exchange?
A fluid exchange is the complete replacement of fluid in a system, removing old, contaminated fluid from the system, and replacing it with new, clean fluid. The systems that need fluid exchanges include:
- Cooling system
- Brake system
- Fuel system
- Power steering system
Your fluid levels should be checked and topped off at every oil change. You should refer to your owner's manual for recommendations from the manufacturer on time intervals for your specific vehicle. Most fluid exchange intervals range between 24,000 and 50,000 miles. You may consider scheduling a fluid-exchange service sooner if you notice fluid stains in your driveway or parking spot, or if your dashboard warning lights come on.
Fluid exchange services at Levin Tire include:
- Complete flush of fluid from the system
- Replacement with new fluid to proper levels
- Checking for cleanliness and leaks
How long has it been since your car's last fluid exchange? Bring it into any of our 7 Northwest Indiana Levin Tire locations and we'll take care of it. No appointment needed.