Your car relies on many different fluids to keep its internal systems properly lubricated and functional. The six essential fluids of every automobile include motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and windshield wiper fluid. If these solutions run low or the liquid is not in good condition, your vehicle could start to show significant problems.
Mechanics stress the importance of routine fluid checks for a good reason. The most critical (and frequent) fluid service of all of them is an oil change. The others don't need to be changed or flushed as often.
You may hear several phrases concerning fluid maintenance: fluid change and fluid flush. The average individual is likely to use these two terms mutually, which is fine. But you should know that there's a difference between the two.
Fluid Change Versus Fluid Flush
A fluid change is exactly what it sounds like. It involves draining some or part of the fluid currently in the pan or reservoir and topping it off with new fluid. In oil changes and transmission fluid services, the technician will replace the filter associated with it. This service is generic and all you will need if your fluid levels are low or have lost their effectiveness.
A fluid flush is a little more complicated because it involves completely removing and rinsing from the reservoir and fluid lines. It is done with heavy-duty equipment to drain the system altogether; it is commonly needed when there is a lot of corrosion, gunk, debris, or clogs in the fluid pathways. Dirty fluid can cause significant damage if it is left in the car for an extended time. After the tech is done with flushing the fluid, they will clean it out and add fresh, new fluid.
A fluid flush will cost you more than a standard fluid change, and for a good reason. It requires equipment and more time and labor. However, it is worth the extra cost if your vehicle was left in bad shape before. If your technician advises a complete fluid flush, it usually means there are concerns they may have regarding your car.
Our Griffin Muffler & Brake Center LLC team can give you an honest, expert opinion on whether you need a change or a flush. If you need fluid maintenance on your vehicle soon, please give us a call at (319) 246-7080 or visit!