Auto Repair & Services
- Air Filters in New Iberia, LA
- Preventative Maintenance in New Iberia, LA
- Steering & Suspension Repair in New Iberia, LA
- Tire Balancing in New Iberia, LA
- Tire Installation in New Iberia, LA
- Flat Tire Repair in New Iberia, LA
- Tire Rotation in New Iberia, LA
- Transmission Fluid Flush in New Iberia, LA
- Automotive Tune Up in New Iberia, LA
- Wheel Alignment in New Iberia, LA
- Oil Change Service in New Iberia, LA
- Nitrogen Filled Tires in New Iberia, LA
- Batteries in New Iberia, LA
- Belts & Hoses in New Iberia, LA
- Brake Repair in New Iberia, LA
- Cooling System Maintenance in New Iberia, LA
- Driveline Repair in New Iberia, LA
- Electrical System Repair in New Iberia, LA
- Engine Diagnostics in New Iberia, LA
- Heating & A/C Service in New Iberia, LA
- Wiper Blade Replacement in New Iberia, LA
Fluids in New Iberia, LA
Fluids in New Iberia, 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.