Car maintenance terminology can be like speaking a foreign language for many of us. Preventative maintenance can be even more so. An endless amount of parts, pieces, and elements go into the inner workings of a vehicle. How can us humble civilians (non-engineering minded folks) keep up with it all? Don’t worry, we’ve got ya covered. We’re breaking down the essentials of fluids checks and simplifying the process.

The Purpose of Fluids Checks

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Each fluid inside your vehicle plays a unique role. Many of them you may not have ever realized existed.

  • Engine Oil: Keeps engine running smoothly. Check monthly
  • Transmission Fluid: Keeps gears functioning. Check Monthly
  • Coolant: Found in radiator. Keeps temperatures under control. Check bi-annually.
  • Brake Fluid: Helps braking system. Check when you change your oil.
  • Power Steering Fluid: Keeps steering smooth to avoid creaking. Monthly check, usually no replacement necessary


Clearly, this is a simplified list of fluids within your vehicle. You should always consult your vehicle’s manual as well as a trusted mechanic for varying levels and schedules for your fluids checks. Each car is different. Checking these fluids and keeping on top of your preventative maintenance schedule can really help your wallet out in the long run.


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