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THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLUIDS IN YOUR VEHICLE

FLUIDS, COOLANTS AND OILS – OH MY!

Your car is essentially an assembly of mechanical systems and complex machinery operating in unison to propel itself, and you, down the highway. These mechanical systems and machinery depend on various types of fluid, which allow these systems to operate properly. Without these fluids, these systems will fail quickly. 

What types of fluids are in a standard vehicle? Let’s take a look:

Fluid Functions

Your vehicle fluids provide the following functions:

  • Lubrication of moving mechanical parts
  • Fluid pressure for hydraulically operated systems
  • Cooling of the systems

Fluid Categories

Engine-Oil-Icon
Engine Oil
Engine-Coolant-Icon
     Engine           Coolant
Transmission-Fluid-Icon
Transmission Fluid
Brake-Fluid-Icon
Brake Fluid
Differential-Fluid-Icon
Differential Fluid
Power-Steering-Fluid-Icon
Power Steering Fluid
Hydraulic-Clutch-Fluid-Icon
Hydraulic Clutch Fluid
Window-Washer-Fluid-Icon
Window Washer Fluid

HOW DO THESE FLUIDS HELP? 

Engine-Oil-Icon
Engine Oil

Lubricates and cools the internal workings of your engine such as bearings, pistons, valves, timing chains, gears, pumps, seals and more.    

Transmission-Fluid-Icon
 
Transmission Fluid

Lubricates and cools the internal workings of your transmission including gears, bearings, valves, pumps, seals and more.    

Differential-Fluid-Icon
Differential oil

Lubricates and cools the internal workings of your rear differential including gears, bearings, seals and more.

Power-Steering-Fluid-Icon
Power Steering Fluid

Lubricates and cools the power steering pump, valves, steering gear box, seals and more.

Engine-Coolant-Icon
Engine coolant

Lubricates the water pump, cools the engine and provides heating fluid to the climate control system.

Brake-Fluid-Icon
Brake fluid

Lubricates brake valves, pistons and antilock braking system. Provides hydraulic pressure to power the braking system.

Hydraulic-Clutch-Fluid-Icon
Hydraulic clutch fluid

Provides hydraulic pressure which engages and disengages the transmission clutch system

Window-Washer-Fluid-Icon
WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID

Provides a non-freezing cleaning solution for the windshield and headlights.

Fluid philosophy


Your car is essentially an assembly of mechanical systems and complex machinery operating in unison to propel itself, and you, down the highway. These mechanical systems and machinery depend on various types of fluid, which allow these systems to operate properly. Without these fluids, these systems will fail quickly.  

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