Fluids: Cleaners, Oils, and Lubricants
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There are specific components that go into making every car more efficient. Oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and even gasoline all play a major part in protecting and operating your engine.
At NAPA AUTO PART, we have all of the types of automotive fluid you could ever need to clean, lube, and oil your machine. If you aren't sure of the best way to protect your car or truck, find one of our locations near you and speak to an automotive expert or read on for our list of the essential fluids and easy automotive care tips.
A fluid check is one of the most straightforward bits of routine maintenance that anyone can do at home.
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Engine oil is the lifeblood of every engine. It not only lubricates moving components but also carries away contaminants. The oil filter continuously cleans the oil, so it is returned to the engine, ready to carry on with its job of lubricating critical components.
Regular motor oil and oil filter changes are fundamental to long engine life. NAPA AUTO PARTS carries the top oil filter brands and our own NAPA AUTO PARTS ProSelect, NAPA AUTO PARTS Gold, and NAPA AUTO PARTS Platinum oil filters.
Whether you follow a regular maintenance schedule or let the onboard oil life monitor keep an eye on things, there is no denying the importance of a regular oil change. If you don't trust the schedules, it's worth opening your engine bay, finding your oil dipstick, giving it a quick dipstick clean, and dipping it to ensure your oil level is at a safe operating level.
Regular oil changes with the type of oil best suited to your climate and engine will keep your car running smoothly without rough shifting through the gears or any uncontrolled surging while idling for years to come.
Power Steering Fluid
Hydraulic power steering is a thing of beauty. If you've ever driven an old car made before power steering, you know that this is one of the most vital fluids you can use in a modern vehicle.
Finding the power steering fluid reservoir is relatively simple on most vehicles and can make a world of difference in how easily your car handles. Correct hydraulic pressure will ensure that steering is smooth and easy.
Transmission fluid is an essential car fluid that is easy to forget about until you feel a clunk as you put the car into drive. It's vital to regularly check your transmission fluid level to ensure that you can shift to your heart's content without grinding any gears.
Well-maintained brake fluid level is probably the most critical safety feature on any car. A well-maintained braking system will prevent most of the "almost" accidents you encounter on the road.
Brake fluid reservoirs are almost always easy to find, but sometimes it takes an auto mechanic to efficiently bleed the air bubbles out of your brake lines, which is crucial to allow your new brake pads to do their job.
Engine Coolant / Antifreeze
Engine coolant and antifreeze are vital and often forgotten fluids in your engine. This mystical blue fluid will keep your engine cool.
The type of coolant you choose can be changed out depending on the season and your driving style, and on almost every engine, the radiator fluid reservoir will be easy to find.
The front and rear differential on a car is a little bit scary-sounding, but all the differential does is provide power from the engine to the wheels. Differential oil is critical to keep all of the turning metal parts from grinding against one another.
Windshield Washer Fluid
Windshield wiper fluid seems slightly less intense than some of these other fluids, but clear vision is a safety concern, so keeping your washer fluid topped up is very important.
Cleaners and Lubricants
While cleaning fluids aren't integral to keeping your engine happy, a clean car will give you peace of mind. At NAPA AUTO PARTS we have the best engine and car cleaners as well as oils and other lubricants that keep your metal parts moving seamlessly.
We saved the best (and one fluid we don't sell) for last. This is the number one most crucial care fluid in the mind of every driving enthusiast. Pull up to a gas station and strike up a conversation with any petrol-head, and you'll discover that there is a magical reverence for it.
Finding the Right Types of Fluid For Your Car
Keeping your engine maintained at regular intervals and ensuring that all of the fluids are at their proper levels will allow you to extract peak performance and keep your engine happy and windshield clean.
Safe driving starts at home when you check over your engine to ensure all the engine components and fluid levels are in the right place.
But at NAPA AUTO PARTS, we sell more than just these common fluids. Shop for compatible fluids for your car, truck, or SUV using our search by vehicle feature. Simply click here and select your vehicle, ex. '2004 Chevrolet Silverado', '2002 Ford F150', or '2004 Dodge Ram 1500'.