Hoses and Fluids
The hoses and fluids in your vehicle must be maintained to promote a high state of performance. At The Auto Repair Place in Boulder, CO, our automotive experts check the hoses, hose clamps, and fluids when your vehicle is brought in for maintenance services, diagnostics or repair. However, if it’s been a long time since you have brought your vehicle into the shop, there is a good chance that hose adjustments or replacements and fluid refills or changes are in order.
How Often Should Hoses and Fluids be Checked?
For the most part, hoses should be checked once a month for any signs of cracking or loose fittings and repaired or replaced as necessary. However, the hoses that transport coolant should be changed every 4-5 years or every 50,000 miles to safeguard protection of the engine and other components from excessive cold and hot temperatures.
Fluids should be checked and changed based on the recommended service schedule outlined in your owner’s manual. If you do not have your owner’s manual, here are general guidelines as to how often to bring your vehicle in for fluid checks and changes:
- Oil: A good rule of thumb to follow is to have your oil changed every 6 months or sooner if you drive longer distances on a regular basis. You should also have your oil checked and possibly changed before going on a road trip.
- Steering wheel fluid: Every 48,000 miles, the power steering fluid in your vehicle should be changed. Yet, it should be checked periodically to ensure there are no fluid leaks.
- Transmission fluid: Depending on your vehicle’s manufacturer, your vehicle’s transmission fluid should be changed anywhere from every 15,000 miles to every 100,000 miles. An expert from The Auto Repair Place can give you professional advice on when your transmission fluid should be changed based on your specific car or truck.
- Coolant: Your vehicle’s coolant should be regularly checked and then changed every 2-3 years to avoid your engine overheating or damage to mechanical components.
Contact The Auto Repair Place Today
If you aren’t sure of the date of your vehicle’s last comprehensive inspection, now is the time to bring in your vehicle for maintenance services before you face a costly repair. Don’t let a brittle hose or dirty fluid stop you from getting where you need to go! The Auto Repair Place in Boulder has been expertly servicing and repairing vehicles since 1972, so schedule an appointment today by calling 303-443-7088.