What does brake fluid do? Brake fluid
is essential for the operation of a car’s brakes. When you push the brake pedal, the brake fluid causes the brake pads to press against the rotors, making the car slow down and stop. Over time, the brake fluid absorbs air, moisture, sludge and other contaminants. Here are a few signs that you may need to top off your brake fluid: brake warning lights, pulling, or a “spongey” pedal. What is coolant? Coolant
is the fluid that absorbs heat from the engine and then dissipates it through the radiator. It is also dissipated through the heat exchanger in the passenger compartment when you crank your heat in the winter. To check your coolant, look on the side of the coolant reservoir for the full line; if the coolant is below this line check your owner’s manual to find out what color coolant should be used. Coolant is poisonous to humans and animals, extreme caution should be taken when filling to avoid spilling any on the ground. What are signs that coolant needs flushing?
Here are a few signs that you need to have your system flushed. If it looks colorless, rusty, or has things floating around in it, flush your cooling system
and add new coolant. If the coolant has a sludgy, oily surface, you may have an internal head gasket leak. What does engine oil do?
Automobile engines have many moving parts that create heat from the friction. Oil lubricates the engine and absorbs heat, allowing the internal parts to work together effectively without overheating. Over time, engine oil
breaks down and wears out. When it does, it becomes less effective at lubricating the engine and absorbing heat. As an automobile owner, your goal is to change the oil
in your engine before it breaks down and causes major engine troubles. Always consult your owner’s manual or factory recommendations on the service intervals for your oil change and you might want to consider changing your oil more often, if you tend to drive at high speeds, have an older engine, or live in an area that is particularly hot, cold, or dusty. Why and how to take care of tools?
If you take care of your tools, they will return the favor. Proper care and routine maintenance of your hand tools
and power tools
makes any repair project easier, safer and more successful. Proper tool care also saves you money because the better they’re cared for, the longer they’ll last.
To maintain metal tools, simply wipe them down with a clean rag once you’re done using them. Use a spray lubricant on metal tools with moving parts to keep them from rusting. Storing your tools in a clean, dry container will help to avoid rusting.
Some folks opt to keep a small set of tools in the vehicle at all times, a small socket set
, screwdrivers, wrenches, jumper cables, jack
, and lug nut wrench.
And always make sure to use proper safety gear when preforming any kind of automotive work! Your safety always comes first!