Metro Nissan: Importance of Fluid Levels
You might not think much about the fluids in your Nissan, but there are several different fluids that are essential for your car to keep running smoothly. Drivers tend to underestimate the importance of fluid levels in their car and place a higher importance on maintaining and repairing more obvious parts and systems like tires and transmission.
Ignoring your Nissan’s fluid levels is not a smart idea. When these fluids get low or deteriorate in quality, your car can suffer detrimental damage that has long-term consequences. If you want to preserve the high performance of your Nissan and keep it in tip-top shape for as long as possible, it is essential to stay on top of its fluid levels. Keep reading to learn more about the different fluids that your Nissan depends on to run smoothly, and why it is important to check these fluids to maintain your car’s high performance.
Oil is the most commonly known fluid in cars. Most drivers are aware that they need to change their car’s oil or get its oil changed about every 5,000 to 10,000 miles— depending on what kind of car they drive. Many drivers set up routine maintenance appointments at their local dealership every six months or so for the sole purpose of getting their car’s oil changed.
Making sure your car’s oil level does not get too low is essential. Without enough oil, your car will not be able to keep all of its parts lubricated—which can lead to severe damage in many different parts and systems in your car. If you don’t know how to change your own oil, set a reminder on your phone to make an appointment with your local dealership at least twice a year to make sure your car never runs low on engine oil.
Transmission fluid is a bit unique in that it doesn’t usually run low or get completely used up like other important fluids in your car. However, this fluid does deteriorate over time and becomes less functional.
It’s easy to forget to check your car’s transmission fluid because it doesn’t run out, and it usually doesn’t need to be replaced very often—only about once every 30,000 miles. However, your transmission is one of the most important parts of your car in terms of performance and safety. Plus, it is very expensive to replace. Your car’s transmission fluid preserves its transmission system and keeps it operating smoothly, so it’s very important to make sure this fluid remains in top condition.
Brake fluid gives your brakes power and allows you to stop efficiently and quickly when necessary—which prevents a lot of fender benders or more serious rear-ending accidents on the road.
Like transmission fluid, brake fluid doesn’t really run low. However, its quality can deteriorate over time. To ensure your own safety on the road, contact us and let the professionals inspect your car’s brake fluid regularly to make sure it is still in top condition and does not need to be replaced.
Power Steering Fluid
The power steering fluid in your car allows you to maintain more control over your car’s direction while you drive. If this fluid gets low, you won’t be able to steer as smoothly, efficiently, or powerfully, which can cause accidents on the road.
Power steering fluid does not need to be replaced frequently like engine oil, which is why it’s easy to forget about it. However, it is a very important fluid, so be mindful of how many miles you drive and make sure to get your steering fluid checked and replaced at least every 30,000 miles.
Air Conditioning Coolant
A common misconception about air conditioning coo
lant is that it is just connected to your car’s climate control system. On the contrary, air conditioning coolant doesn’t just keep your car cool in the summer. It helps regulate your car’s temperature at all times by absorbing heat from its engine and then releasing it to prevent overheating.
If your car runs out of air conditioning coolant, its engine will overheat. This overheating can cause your engine to malfunction while you’re driving and make your car stall out in the middle of the road. It also leads to some very expensive repairs, so it’s important to make sure your car’s coolant level stays at a safely high level.
Windshield Washer Fluid
If your car runs out of windshield washer fluid, it won’t stop running. In fact, windshield washer fluid doesn’t have any impact on the performance or condition of your car at all.
That being said, it is still crucial to maintain your car’s windshield washer fluid level. In severe weather conditions or when dust or other debris collects on your car, this fluid allows you to still be able to see out your front window while you drive—which is, of course, necessary for safe driving. Plus, this fluid is one of the easiest fluids in your car to replace yourself, so there’s really no excuse for letting it run out.