Different Types of Fluid Flushes & When You Need Them

Different Types of Fluid Flushes & When You Need Them

In many cases, drivers are not aware that their vehicle may need varying types of routine fluid flushes. Brake, fuel system, power steering, radiator, transmission, and cooling system flushes are important for maintaining the health and performance of your vehicle. These flushes remove all the contaminants in your engine, which stops them from clogging your system while preventing optimal performance. Having your recommended fluid flush will ensure the longevity of your vehicle, as well as help you to avoid costly repairs in the future. 

When preparing to schedule these services, consider the experts at Casey’s Automotive in Chantilly, Virginia, for your engine flush service. We strive to satisfy you with our services, treat you as part of our family, and will never overcharge or misquote your services. 

Brake Fluid Flushing

Brake fluid is a substance that resides within the brake lines functioning at a high pressure and temperature. Along with the pressure you apply to your brake pedal, it assists by delivering the force necessary to reach each of your brake rotors. Once applied to the rotors, it then goes to the wheels ultimately stopping the vehicle’s movement. Without the brake fluid, your vehicle would be incapable of coming to a halt. Like the oil in your vehicle’s engine, brake fluid will also become contaminated with impurities, meaning it is important to monitor the brake fluid in your vehicle. Have a brake inspection done on your vehicle to check if it is dark or rust-colored or has an odor. If it displays any of these symptoms, you may need to have the fluid replaced. We recommend it is flushed every 2 years, or when contamination has occurred.

Fuel Injection Flush

Fuel Injectors are the elements responsible for getting fuel into the engine. Like a spray bottle, the injectors spray gasoline into the combustion chamber where it allows for the gas and air to mix before the engine ignites. When injectors become dirty, the engine is incapable of running as smoothly as it should. If you’ve noticed that you aren’t getting the same gas mileage as you used to, you may need a fuel injection flush. Having your fuel system cleaned can allow you to reach your vehicle’s optimal gas mileage performance. A fuel system cleaning is recommended every 30,000-35,000 miles, or when performance has degraded and/or carbon deposits have formed.

Power Steering Fluid Flush 

Power steering fluid is what we use to help steer our vehicles. It helps by transmitting the power in your power steering system therefore making it easier for the driver to steer their car or truck. While under pressure, the power steering pump circulates the fluid which enables the hydraulic piston in the steering gear to move. Without power steering fluid, you would need Hulk-like strength to turn your wheel. If exposed to excessive heat or freezing temperatures, the consistency of the fluid can breakdown and slowly damage and erode the steering gear seals, pump and/or hoses. It is recommended to check for any black grit, metal flakes, or smells present in the fluid every 30,000-35,000 miles. We recommend a power steering fluid service flush every 50,000, or when the fluid is dirty or discolored.

Radiator or Coolant System Fluid Flush

Your vehicle’s engine runs hot and requires a cooling system to keep it operating at an optimal temperature regardless of the season. In most vehicles, the cooling system works by circulating radiator fluid (the mixture of coolant and water) through the engine which will absorb the heat and cool the engine. The radiator captures and transfers the heat from the fluid into the air. 

By having a coolant that runs through the channels of the engine block, the system stays regulated in both warmer and colder months. For the coolant to do its job properly, it must stay in a liquid form. This is especially important in the colder months given that coolants are equal amounts of water and antifreeze (50/50). If your vehicle is sitting overnight in below freezing temperatures, and your coolant mixture gets too low (more water than antifreeze) you run the risk of freezing your engine block. When your vehicle’s cooling system isn’t operating optimally, the cause could be your radiator. At Casey’s, we recommend coolant flush every 50,000 miles, or when the coolant has lost freezing resistance or is dirty.

Transmission Fluid Flush

Transmission fluid is a liquid that is used to lubricate the various moving parts of your vehicle’s transmission. Over time and with the constant moving, friction, and heating of those parts comes corroding. It is essential for your vehicle’s health to keep your transmission well-oiled. Like any oil, it breaks down after a while, so maintaining the health of your transmission is crucial for avoiding costly repairs in the future. We recommend a transmission flush be performed approximately every 30,000-35,000 miles or when fluid is discolored or dirty. As always, we recommend every driver refer to their vehicle’s owner’s manual to ensure they are giving their car, truck, van, or SUV the proper care based on the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Trustworthy Engine Fluid Flush Services in Chantilly, VA

As you can see, there are as many ways to flush engine fluids, each with their own flushing needs. If you are unsure if your vehicle needs a fluid flush, our highly trained mechanics at Casey’s Automotive can assist you. We strive to keep your vehicle in great health with our services. Casey’s Automotive offers quality engine flushes in Chantilly, VA with no hidden fees or additional service charges. 

Contact us today at (703) 802-6300 to keep your vehicle in great condition. Don’t forget to check out our other spring automotive maintenance specials!

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