Auto Repair & Services
- Air Filters in Gonzales, LA
- Preventative Maintenance in Gonzales, LA
- Steering & Suspension Repair in Gonzales, LA
- Tire Balancing in Gonzales, LA
- Tire Installation in Gonzales, LA
- Flat Tire Repair in Gonzales, LA
- Tire Rotation in Gonzales, LA
- Transmission Fluid Flush in Gonzales, LA
- Automotive Tune Up in Gonzales, LA
- Wheel Alignment in Gonzales, LA
- Oil Change Service in Gonzales, LA
- Nitrogen Filled Tires in Gonzales, LA
- Batteries in Gonzales, LA
- Belts & Hoses in Gonzales, LA
- Brake Repair in Gonzales, LA
- Cooling System Maintenance in Gonzales, LA
- Driveline Repair in Gonzales, LA
- Electrical System Repair in Gonzales, LA
- Engine Diagnostics in Gonzales, LA
- Heating & A/C Service in Gonzales, LA
- Wiper Blade Replacement in Gonzales, LA
Fluids in Gonzales, LA
Fluids in Gonzales, LA
Every vehicle relies on several fluids to be able to run. Things like engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant and power steering fluid are essential to every car, and it’s important that they be clean and filled to the appropriate level.
If you ever notice your car leaking a fluid, it’s cause for concern. It can be hard to tell the difference between a fresh fluid leak and a stain or puddle that was already on the pavement, though. If you’re suspicious, slide a wide sheet of cardboard under the vehicle’s engine bay overnight and see if there are any stains or leaks on it by morning.
Here’s a brief list of things you can keep an eye out for:
· Coolant – or antifreeze is bright green, yellow, pink or orange, depending on the formulation. Coolant is slippery to the touch and has a distinct sweet-ish smell. It’s very toxic to pets and should be cleaned up right away.
· Brake fluid – yellowish and slippery to the touch. Brake fluid will effectively remove paint from metal surfaces!
· Windshield washer fluid – orange, blue, pink or yellow, depending on the brand. It’s about the consistency of water and may have a slightly sweet odor.
· Power steering fluid – yellowish and slippery, much like brake fluid.
· Automatic transmission fluid – pinkish to deep red, slippery and with a unique sweet odor.
· Motor oil – fresh motor oil is honey-colored, while aged motor oil can be the shade of black coffee.
NOTE: If you see a clear puddle under your car after the A/C has been running for a while, that’s completely normal and not an indication of a leak. Water is a byproduct of the A/C system and drains out as condensate.
It’s important that all these fluids stay topped off to their proper level, and are changed or serviced at regular intervals. If you’re in doubt, stop by Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service and let us help you make sure.