BRAKE FLUID

Like the human body, your car’s engine is a complex combination of parts and fluids. Water is an essential fluid in your body, but your car needs brake and transmission fluids to function properly. Maintaining adequate transmission levels can save you from emergency drivetrain repair in Sandy Springs. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Mr. Transmission of Sandy Springs.


Brake Fluid

Your brakes are an essential part of your vehicle, especially if you live in a mountainous region. The constant application of your brakes on downhill roads puts more wear and tear on your braking system. Braking fluid keeps the system lubricated, maintains system pressure, and helps your brakes function properly. Most car and brake manufacturers recommend checking and changing your brake fluid every 30,000 miles. If you don’t put a lot of miles on your car, checks are recommended every three years. Manufacturers also recommend flushing your brake lines every 30,000 miles. A flush is different from bleeding the brake lines. A bleed removes some of the fluid and air pockets from your lines while a  flush removes and replaces all braking fluid in the system.


TRANSMISSION FLUID

Transmission Fluid

The transmission is often referred to as the heart of the engine. The transmission translates power from the engine block to the wheels. Whether you have a manual or an automatic, the transmission is also responsible for changing gears through a series of plates and teeth. Fluid inside the transmission lubricates the teeth and preventing grinding. Mechanics and manufacturers recommend changing your transmission fluid every 30,000 miles, however, some new synthetic fluids are liquid up to 50,000 miles. One sign that your transmission fluid is low or old is gear slippage. When the teeth inside your transmission can’t grip, your car will fall out of gear or the gears will grind.


How to Check Fluid Levels

You can check your engine fluids at any time. Your transmission and your engine oil have dipsticks in the engine compartment that are used to measure fluid levels. With the engine off, locate and remove the red transmission dipstick. Wipe it clean with a rag then put it back into the line. When you pull it out for the second time, make a note of the lines at the end of the stick and where the fluid level stops. To check your brake fluid, locate the brake fluid reservoir, a slightly opaque plastic tank. You should be able to see the fluid inside the tank, and the lines on the side will tell you if it’s too low. If you notice red or brown stains on your driveway, this is an indication of a transmission fluid leak. Whether you a fluid change or axle shaft repair in Sandy Springs, always consult your local mechanic for your automotive repair needs.