Preventive Maintenance and Fluid Flushes

It was not that long ago that a vehicle with 100,000 miles on the odometer was considered worn out, but these days cars, trucks and SUVs can go much farther. For many drivers, that first 100,000 miles just means the vehicle is warmed up and ready for more.

The fact that modern vehicles are lasting longer is certainly good news, but that long life comes with an important caveat. The catch is that those hundreds of thousands of trouble-free miles hinge on the right preventative maintenance. Without the right maintenance, your car, truck or SUV could still break down at the 100,00 mile mark, or maybe even before.

Why is Preventative Maintenance So Important?

From the oil coursing through your engine and the fluid moving through your transmission to other components like the coolant and the brake fluid, your vehicle relies on a number of vital liquids to stay running its best. Each of these automotive fluids has a specific job to do, and the failure of even one could put your car, and possibly even your safety, at risk.

Preventative maintenance is so important because all of those fluids can break down over time. The oil will become thick and sludgy, the coolant will get discolored and cloudy and the transmission fluid will turn brown and malodorous. Without frequent changes, those issues with your automotive fluids will accumulate, putting your engine, transmission, radiator and other critical components at risk. By performing the right preventative maintenance, you can avoid these problems and extend the useful life of the vehicle you drive.

Fluid Flushes

You already know that oil changes are a key part of preventative maintenance for your vehicle, but the oil is not the only automotive fluid that needs to be flushed from the system. Fluid flushes are critical for the long life of your car, starting with the coolant that helps to prevent overheating.

If you cannot remember the last time you had your coolant flushed and filled, you are probably long overdue. Just bring your vehicle to Fairfax Auto Repair for a coolant flush and fill – before your engine starts to overheat.

Fluid flushes are also critical for your transmission, arguably one of the most important components in your car. Over time, the fluid in your transmission begins to lose its protective power, and failing to change it could put those components at risk.

The transmission fluid flush must be done the right way, removing all of the old fluid. At Fairfax Auto Repair, we know how to do this job the right way, so your transmission stays protected and you can enjoy many more miles of trouble-free performance.

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