Oil and fluids

In the past, the factory-recommended interval for changing the automatic transmission fluid was typically between 30,000 and 100,000 miles, but some newer vehicles have what’s referred to as ...
Transmission fluid change

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

In the past, the factory-recommended interval for changing the automatic transmission fluid was typically between 30,000 and 100,000 miles, but some newer vehicles have what’s referred to as ...
While changing your oil every 3,000 miles was standard practice many years ago, modern lubricants and advances in engine materials and tolerances have largely made that frequency unnecessary.
Oil change every 3,000 miles

Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

While changing your oil every 3,000 miles was standard practice many years ago, modern lubricants and advances in engine materials and tolerances have largely made that frequency unnecessary.
How often you need to change your car’s brake fluid is covered in the maintenance section of your owner’s manual, and it can vary greatly.
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How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

How often you need to change your car’s brake fluid is covered in the maintenance section of your owner’s manual, and it can vary greatly.
Coolant leaks aren’t always easy to find, as air blowing through the front of the car can spread coolant all over, and that means the puddle you see on the ground may not be directly under the leak.
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Why Is My Car Leaking Coolant?

Coolant leaks aren’t always easy to find, as air blowing through the front of the car can spread coolant all over, and that means the puddle you see on the ground may not be directly under the leak.
Common sources of oil leaks are at the oil pan or oil filter, valve covers, timing cover or the crankshaft main seals.
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Why Is My Car Leaking Oil or Another Fluid?

Common sources of oil leaks are at the oil pan or oil filter, valve covers, timing cover or the crankshaft main seals.
For some vehicles, you're advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing the coolant isn't even on the maintenance schedule.
Testing engine coolant to determine if it needs changing

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

For some vehicles, you're advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing the coolant isn't even on the maintenance schedule.
If you live in a place where the temperature never gets down to freezing, you might be able to get by with plain water in place of windshield wiper fluid.
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Do I Have to Use Windshield Wiper Fluid or Is Water OK?

If you live in a place where the temperature never gets down to freezing, you might be able to get by with plain water in place of windshield wiper fluid.
While there are several fluids in modern gas-powered cars (and some in electric vehicles) that can be checked and topped off, many would only be low if there’s a leak in that system.
Pouring windshield wiper fluid into its reservoir

What Fluids Should I Top Off?

While there are several fluids in modern gas-powered cars (and some in electric vehicles) that can be checked and topped off, many would only be low if there’s a leak in that system.
GM claims that Dexos oil keeps engines cleaner, reduces sludge, improves fuel economy and can help emissions components last longer.
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What Is Dexos Oil?

GM claims that Dexos oil keeps engines cleaner, reduces sludge, improves fuel economy and can help emissions components last longer.
The number of miles on the odometer goes a long way to determining the value and desirability of a used vehicle.
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How Many Miles Is Too Many for a Used Car?

The number of miles on the odometer goes a long way to determining the value and desirability of a used vehicle.