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Essential Maintenance for Your Vehicle: Oil Filters and Fluids

Owning a car is a huge responsibility, and part of that responsibility includes regular maintenance. One of the most important aspects of vehicle maintenance are oil filters and fluids. It is essential to keep up on the maintenance of your oil filter and other fluids in order to ensure the longevity of your vehicle. Keep reading to learn more about oil filter and fluid maintenance.

What Does an Oil Filter Do?

An oil filter is designed to remove impurities (dirt, metal particles) from engine oil, transmission fluid, or hydraulic fluid. The main function of an oil filter is to keep the oil clean so it can properly lubricate the engine components. When dirt accumulates in the motor oil, it can cause wear on the moving parts inside the engine, leading to decreased performance and increased emissions. Therefore, it’s important to regularly change your vehicle’s oil filter according to manufacturer recommendations.

How Often Should I Change My Vehicle’s Oil Filter?

The answer depends on your driving habits, type of vehicle, age of vehicle, and type of oil used in your engine. Generally speaking, most manufacturers recommend changing an engine’s oil filter every 3 months or after 3,000 miles driven-whichever comes first. However, some vehicles may require more frequent changes due to their specific make/model or condition of use. It’s best practice to check with your local dealership or mechanic for advice on when you should change your particular vehicle’s oil filter based upon its make/model as well as any other necessary maintenance services that need attention such as brake fluid inspection/replacement or coolant system flush/refill.

What Types Of Fluids Should I Check On My Vehicle?

In addition to monitoring your vehicle’s engine fluids (motor oil/oil filter), you should also check other key fluids such as transmission fluid (ATF), brake fluid (BTF), power steering fluid (PSF), antifreeze/coolant (AF/C) and windshield washer solvent (WWS). Each type serves a different purpose but all are essential for proper operation; therefore they should be checked routinely per manufacturer guidelines. If any levels are low or dirty then they should be topped off with fresh fluid immediately and inspected further by a professional mechanic if necessary.

Oil filters and fluids are essential components of any functioning car-it’s important that drivers understand their function and how often they should be changed or inspected. Regularly changing an engine’s motor oil & filter will help keep it running smoothly while checking other key fluids will ensure optimal performance overall. If you have any questions about which fluids need replacing at what mileage intervals for your particular make/model then contact a qualified service technician for assistance today!

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