5 things you should never ignore in your car
Brake Fluid Change
Have you ever changed your brake fluid? Most drivers never do, until their vehicle needs brake work and hydraulic parts to be replaced because of internal erosion. Following many years of service, brake fluid becomes contaminated with moisture-it’s hygroscopic (absorbs water from the air). This brings down the fluid's breaking point and increases the risk of the fluid boiling and making the pedal fail under hard use. The corrosion inhibitors in the fluid also break down over time, which allows moisture and dissolved oxygen to corrode the brake calipers, wheel cylinders, master cylinder, steel brake lines and the ABS hydraulic unit. Changing the fluid every three to five years can prevent corrosion and lengthen the life of your braking system. Chemical test strips available in vehicle spare parts shops that can be used to test the state of your brake fluid.
Today's long life engine coolants have a service life of five years or 100,000 to 150,000 kilometers, whichever ever comes first (not last). Subsequently, the coolant is NOT a permanent thing that never should be checked or changed- not at all. Following five years, the erosion hindering chemicals in the coolant are generally exhausted. If the coolant is not replaced with new coolant, erosion can harm the heater core, radiator and other parts in the cooling system. There are 2 choices here: continue driving it until something breaks and costs you a fortune to repair, or change the coolant at regular intervals and lengthen the life of your cooling system. Use a similar type of coolant as the one is in your cooling system, or refill with a "universal" coolant that can be used in all makes/models of vehicles.
Transmission Fluid Change
Though your owner’s manual may not list a prescribed service interval for changing the fluid in your automatic transmission, that doesn't mean it (or your transmission) will keep going forever. Today's transmission fluids contain synthetic lubricants and are any longer lived than transmission fluid from a few decades prior. In any case, hard use can still make the fluid to oxidize and break down. Along these lines, numerous transmission specialists say you can increase the life of your transmission by changing the fluid each 50,000 kilometers. Make sure you use the type of ATF indicated for your particular transmission, as they are different. Using the wrong type can cause transmission trouble.
A New Battery
Most of us never consider replacing our battery until the car won't start. The normal lifespan of a of a lead-acid wet cell car battery is just around three years in hot climates, and four to five years generally. Absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries are to some degree better, and often last a year or two longer than a wet cell battery. All in all, all car batteries in the long run reach the end of their life and must be replaced. So if your battery is over five years of age, better consider replacing it before it dies. That will spare you the bother and cost of a break down and a distress call.