At Wickstrom Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM, we believe there is a lot you should be able to expect out of a Chrysler dealership. One of those things being a staff that always strives to help you make the most out of your driving experience. Part of this is being your right hand when it comes to auto maintenance, and today, we’re providing a brief guide to motor fluid maintenance.
Motor fluid maintenance means a lot more than filling up your tank with gasoline on a regular basis. Typically when one of our automotive professionals mentions fluid maintenance, they are often referring to three different motor fluids: coolant, transmission fluid, and oil.
First on our list is coolant, a fluid stored in the radiator that is responsible for maintaining the temperature of your engine. Engines run hot, even with adequate levels of coolant. However, when coolant levels are low, you risk damaging your powertrain through overheating. Fortunately, you can avoid this by swapping out your coolant once every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.
Next is transmission fluid, a lubricant tasked with promoting the smooth movement of your transmission’s various components. Like all lubricants, grime build ups can occur, which can hinder the effectiveness of the lubricant and cause excess friction causing wear damages. To keep your transmission happy and healthy, it is recommended that you change your transmission fluid once every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.
Last is motor oil, another lubricant, but it is used throughout the entire engine. Motor oil can develop grime deposits like transmission fluid, and cause excess friction throughout the engine. To avoid this, you should receive an oil change once every 5,000 miles or six months or so.
We also recommend that no driver take on motor fluid replenishment alone. A lot goes into maintaining your vehicle’s motor fluids, and the car care experts in our Jeep service center can help you stay on top of it all. At Wickstrom Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, we pride ourselves in fulfilling any and all your automotive needs.