A Closer Look at Automotive Fluids


Aside from the engine and windshield wipers, what other car components require fluid in order to run their best? Our top-rated Dodge dealership serving Highland Park, IL takes a look.

Brake fluid: Second only in overall importance to motor oil, brake fluid is the most important in terms of occupant safety. Most of us have seen a TV show where a bad guy cuts a car’s brake line - and the results, unlike a lot of things on television, are pretty accurate. Ordinarily, when the brake pedal is depressed, the brake fluid in the brake line compresses. This creates a transfer of hydraulic force to the brake pads and shoes, which then stop the car. But when fluid is absent, stopping the car becomes difficult - almost impossible (unless you’re MacGyver).

Coolant: If you spend a lot of time behind the wheel of your Chrysler Pacifica near Highland Park, IL, your engine will no doubt generate plenty of heat. Left untreated, this heat will quickly become too much for the engine to handle and your car will stall. That’s where coolant comes in. A 50/50 mix of coolant and water collects heat from the engine and transfers it to the car’s radiator, where the heat is then dispersed into the air.

Power steering fluid: Believe it or not, there once was a time when power steering was not standard on every car. Nowadays, power steering makes it easier and more fun to drive a car, and it’s thanks to a small, engine-powered pump that keeps the power steering fluid moving between a car’s steering apparatus and its wheels.

Ensure your car’s fluids are well-looked after by scheduling regular service at our local Chrysler dealer!

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