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Dec 3, 2014

Best Liquids for your Vehicle

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Under the hood of a car are hundreds of metal, plastic, and rubber components working together to accelerate and slow your car down.

Vehicle Liquid

With so many moving pieces, it’s easy to overlook the importance of fluids lubricating, applying pressure, and rinsing different parts of the car.

Fluids play an important role in the operation of your vehicle, so it’s important to know both the well-known and less prominent liquids in your car.

Choosing the right engine oil for your vehicle

Engine Oil is probably the most important liquid that keeps your car going as running your car low on it can run the engine into the ground.

The best engine oil to use is the one recommended by the car’s manufacturer, and often car brands will manufacture their own oil for maintenance.

Whether synthetic or mineral is required, check to make sure that the API SH/CD requirements are met, as these are the minimum standards applied to the industry. The markings should be on the label or packaging of the engine oil.

Transmission fluid is a lubricant

The transmission transfers the power generated from a car’s engine to the drive shaft, which gets redirected to the wheels. Professionals and car enthusiasts have voted on their preferred brand of transmission fluid on Ranker.com:

  • Royal Purple 01329 Max ATF High Performance Multi-Spec Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • MaxLife 773775 Dex/Merc Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Castrol 03521 Transmax Import Multi-Vehicle Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Mobil 1 112980-CASE Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid

Coolants for temperature control

With all these moving parts, your car is bound to be get hot, and in the summer it’s crucial to avoid overheating your car.

Coolant is pumped throughout the car so that the liquid can absorb some of the heat, carrying it to the radiator. The coolant also acts as an antifreeze in the winter, delivering warmth to keep car parts from freezing in extreme temperatures.

The key to a good coolant is a high boiling point for the summer weather and a low freezing point for the winter.

While you can find a variety of coolants on the market, there is no strong consensus on what the best choice for your car is. Experts do agree that it’s best not to mix coolants, so when topping up your car, continue using the product that was in the car before, following directions for dilution with water.


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