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12/09/2016
Whether you top up or replace your car's fluids yourself, or you leave it to the mechanic and just see the types of oil listed on your invoice, you have an idea about the type of fluids your car uses. But do you know what they each do, why they are important, or what would happen if they run out?

Learn About What Your Engine Fluids Do

If you are interested to know why you're putting in these fluids or why you are paying your mechanic for their service, Willburner has some information on some of the most common engine fluids and what happens if you run out.

Transmission Fluid

Your car's transmission is made up of a number of metal parts, arms, and cogs, which all operate together to change gears and keep you moving. As you speed up and change gears, the act of pressing down on the clutch disconnects the power which was being provided to your transmission system. Once the power has been disconnected and you shift gears, a smaller clutch disconnects from one gear and attaches to the next. Once you release the clutch, the power is reconnected to your transmission system and your engine moves forward with your chosen gear. The primary purpose of this fluid is to ensure that your gear changes occur smoothly. It does this by providing a frictionless film which facilitates easy motion between each of the moving parts. This translates to you being able to change gears without breaking your arm. What Happens If It Runs Out?
  • Automatic transmission
    • If you drive an automatic and you run out of transmission fluid, you had better hope you like the view, because that's where you're going to stay until help arrives. It is not recommended that you even try to drive an automatic transmission without any transmission fluid.
  • Manual Transmission
    • While technically you could drive a manual transmission car after it had run out of transmission fluid, you wouldn't want to do it unless it was a dire emergency. Again, if you can avoid it, don't drive without transmission fluid.
In either transmission, letting the levels get too low or even running out will result in a car which won't move, and an expensive mechanics invoice waiting at the other end of the tow-truck ride. If your transmission light has come on, don't ignore it. Instead, speak with Willburner at (772) 770-3448 and find the right replacement for your make and model. With access to a wide range of high-quality AMSOIL motors oils, Willburner will ensure you get the right fluid for the job.

Power Steering Fluid

While modern cars have made the switch to all-electronic power steering systems, there is still a majority proportion which uses the traditional hydraulic system. This hydraulic system uses a separate rod, attached to a hydraulic pump, which is attached to your steering column. As soon as you start your car, a small belt inside your engine starts to turn and creates pressure inside the hydraulic power steering system. As you turn the steering wheel, the hydraulic system reacts and help the steering shaft move. Essentially, power steering fluid is the reason why you can turn corners without visiting the gym beforehand. What Happens If It Runs Out? Unlike your transmission fluid, if you are driving home or return to your car and notice that the steering feels heavy, it's likely there is a problem with your power steering system. If you can see a leak under your car, it's likely the cause. If not, it could be that your power steering pump has stopped working and the power steering system can't prime itself. Either way, if you choose, it's possible to drive your car home or to the mechanic. But, it is not recommended that you drive a car without any of its essential fluids any further than your emergency point. Once there, switch off the engine and speak with a mechanic.

Replace Your Fluids Alongside Your Regular Synthetic Oil Change in Vero Beach South

As important as these two fluids are, they can both be easily topped up or replaced during your regular maintenance without the need to visit a mechanic. The first step is to get the right replacement. If you are unsure which type of fluids are best suited to your car, speak with Willburner at (772) 770-3448 and let them know the make and model of your car. If you have an idea of what you need, check out the online store for further information to help you make your decision.
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