Fluids and Flushes
Preventative maintenance is the key to improving gas mileage and keeping your vehicle running for years. Part of that preventative maintenance is keeping up-to-date on your manufacturer’s suggested maintenance of system flushes. These services not only keep your vehicle’s systems well lubricated, but they often help fight corrosive build up, which helps your vehicle run more efficiently.
At AAA Car Care, we perform several automotive flushes, including:
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As a part of your routine maintenance, a coolant flush helps your cooling system regulate the temperature of the engine and helps prevent your vehicle from overheating.
When properly mixed, antifreeze and water provide excellent anti-freeze, anti-boil and anticorrosive properties. All coolants must be diluted with water at the proper ratios and should not be used full-strength. Full-strength antifreeze actually has a lower freeze point than when mixed with water. Check your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s suggested intervals for coolant flushes and antifreeze usage specifications.
Transmission fluid lubricates, cleans and protects your vehicle’s transmission. Over time, this fluid will break down and become contaminated due to use. This process helps remove residue of older transmission fluid from the converters, coolers and cooler lines. Following your manufacturer’s suggested interval for transmission flushes can extend the life of your vehicle’s transmission.
The overwhelming majority of transmission failures are heat-related, and automatic transmission fluid breaks down rapidly when subjected to high temperatures. Driving conditions such as trailer towing, quick stops and starts, ascending and descending mountains, and wheel-spinning in slippery conditions are but a few scenarios that can devastate the life of the transmission fluid.
Power Steering Flush
Power steering fluid lubricates and transmits the pressure needed for power-assisted steering. Changing your power steering fluid when recommended can help prolong the life of other power steering components such as the power steering pump and the power steering rack.
We recommend checking your power steering fluid level at every oil change. Refer to your car's owner's manual for specific recommendations on the type of power steering fluid to use.