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What’s That Spot? Auto Fluid Basics

Knowing a little about your vehicle is always a nice idea, we’d recommend you start with the owners manual to learn specific information pertaining to your make and model. Oil changes and transmission flush frequency may be different depending on the type of car you drive. Here is some basic information regarding the various fluids that are important to the health off your vehicle.

Engine Oil

The oil in your vehicle may range in colors from light brown to black. Black means you need to get your oil changed as it is burning/burnt. Checking your oil is important to check if there is a leak or if more oil needs to be added.

Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid is typically pink/red and will often turn brown closer to when your transmission needs to be serviced. Transmission fluid is extremely important for your vehicles health, make sure you do not have any leaks or transmission symptoms.

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid helps your power steering system, without it turning your wheel isn’t much fun. Make sure your power steering fluids are the correct level and refer to your owner’s manual about when to change it.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is important to help your car stop, never let this get low or empty! Color for brake fluid can range from clear to brown. Check your owner’s manual for specifics on getting this changed.


This fluid can range in color from yellow, green to even pink. Coolant helps keep your car cool and not overheat. It is important to make sure your coolant levels are adequate so that your vehicle does not overheat, this will be much more expensive than filling it.


Water can appear underneath your car for a variety of reasons, usually there is no reason to be worried.

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