You probably already know that your vehicle needs an oil change now and then. But did you know your vehicle has many more fluids that may require maintenance? Trust the pros at Winn Volkswagen to take expert care of your car. We’re the leading Volkswagen experts in the San Jose area! Below, we’ll tell you a little bit about the various fluids that you may find on your car and what you need to know about getting them replaced.
The brake systems on most modern cars are hydraulic. That means, when you press the brake pedal, fluid pressure creates stopping power for your brakes. Over time, your vehicle may develop “brake fade.” This phenomenon is when stopping power comes on strong at first but seems to fade away after a second or two. This problem can often be fixed by replacing old, dirty brake fluid with fresh brake fluid.
Turning your vehicle’s steering wheel should be smooth and easy. However, if you find that the vehicle is difficult to steer, or the steering wheel doesn’t turn smoothly, especially in just one direction, there could be a problem with the power steering system. Flushing the old, dirty fluid out of the power steering rack and replacing it with fresh power steering fluid may alleviate this issue.
Over time, dirty transmission fluid can cause an automatic transmission to “slip,” leading to a loss of power. Transmissions require clean transmission fluid to provide the proper fluid dynamics to deliver engine power to the wheels. The transmission fluid should be changed regularly to keep the transmission running its best.