Spring Cleaning: The Fluid Checks Your Car Needs Now

As we March into Spring, many of us start feeling the itch to do some Spring Cleaning. The warmer weather and the desire to explore the outdoors motivate us to take a weekend road trip. Whatever your plans are for Spring Break, be sure to include your car's maintenance as part of your Spring Cleaning checklist of to-dos.

One of the things that get neglected in a car is the fluids. During the winter months, we often forget that cold weather affects the fluids within our vehicles. Colder weather can increase the viscosity or thickness of fluids within your car. The fluids may get low because we drove through steep hills or rougher weather to go skiing in the mountains, for example. So, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Kniesel's Auto Service Centers in Citrus Heights, Roseville, or Sacramento for a complete safety inspection.

When you bring your family and work vehicles to Kniesel's Auto Service Centers, we will be happy to check all of the fluids your car needs to operate optimally. These fluids include:

  • Your windshield wiper fluid.
  • Your radiator fluid.
  • Your engine oil.
  • Transmission fluid.
  • Power steering fluid.
  • Brake fluid.
  • Air conditioning coolant.

All too often, car owners don't pay attention to their fluid levels or even their fluids' colors. For example, did you know that when your fluids are clean, they resemble a flower bouquet's colors?

Think about how the ideal condition of your fluids represents a vase full of flowers. The clear water you see in the vase is like your windshield wiper fluid. The light brown to black engine oil is like the stem of an evergreen branch. The red or brown of transmission fluid is like autumn leaves. The bright colors of coolant fluid (green, orange, pink, or blue-green) and brake fluid (yellow to brown) are like the leaves and flowers of your bouquet. When your fluids are fresh and clean, your bouquet of colors is quite beautiful.

But when you let that bouquet sit in the vase for a long time, the water gets dirty, the flower colors fade, and the greenery eventually turns to sludge. Well, guess what goes on inside your vehicle when those fluids circulate through your car for long periods? They, too, get dirty, acidic, and need to be replaced.

So, in the name of Spring flowers and Spring Cleaning, please be sure to do a fluid check on all of your family and work vehicles before your next road trip. Our family-owned and operated business profoundly cares about you, your well being, your cars, and our community. We want to do our part to service and repair your vehicle so you reduce the risk of a breakdown while visiting family and friends. If health is the most incredible wealth, give your car a safety inspection to make sure it performs at its best.

Our Citrus Heights auto repair shop is located at 7649-A Sunrise Boulevard. Our Roseville location address is 980 Riverside Avenue. You can find the Sacramento auto mechanic team at 49 Bicentennial Circle. Our business hours are Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, and Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Ready for Kniesel's Auto Service Centers to service your fleet of vehicles? Make a Service Reservation online. Kniesel's Auto Service Centers: A family business with unsurpassed service since 1965.


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