Seasons change, and the mercury in the thermometer goes up and down. But what isn’t changed as often as before are the fluids in your car. The engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, engine coolant – they all have a longer life than ever. The environmental changes still impact your fluids, and problems can still occur. Now, more than ever, it’s critical that you check your fluids between service visits to prevent issues.
Why Check Your Fluids?
The typical oil change interval used to be 3,000 miles. For your Acura, that’s now determined by an oil life monitor that indicates when your oil change is due based on your usage. That can mean intervals as much as 10,000 miles – even more in some situations. But is your engine oil still full at that point?
It’s always possible that a leak develops or there’s a problem that occurs. As well, all engines consume a small amount of oil. When you check your fluids, you can be assured that their condition and levels are proper, giving you peace of mind until your next service visit.
The same goes for all your fluids. Long-life fluids still require the occasional inspection and top-up between service visits. You can prevent breakdowns simply by topping up low fluids or getting early services performed if the condition looks bad.
What Should You Check?
Ideally, check your engine oil whenever you fill up with fuel, or at least once per month. Check for the proper oil level on the dipstick and a golden brown condition. Black oil or a milky consistency indicate need for service sooner than later.
Check for the proper fluid level and a reddish color. If the fluid smells burnt or your transmission is shifting funny, have it serviced sooner.
Look for a bright-colored coolant with no particles floating in it. Top it up only with Acura-approved coolant to prevent cooling system issues.
Power Steering Fluid
Many Acuras now have electric power steering assist, but older Acuras have hydraulic power steering. Check for proper level and clean fluid that doesn’t feel gritty. Top up with the fluid marked on the cap.
Brake fluid should be honey brown and transparent. Milky or dark brake fluid should be flushed to avoid problems, and topped up only with the same fluid specified on the cap.
Windshield Washer Fluid
Top up you windshield washer fluid at least once per month to prevent running out. It’s best to use antifreeze washer fluid to prevent winter freeze-ups.
When you need service for your Acura, trust Jay Wolfe Acura in Kansas City. Our factory-trained technicians know how best to take care of your car for the longest life possible.