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Spring Car Fluids Maintenance at Graff Chevrolet Durand

Your car is made up of many different components, including vehicle fluids. These fluids, i.e. oil, washer fluid, and coolant, all serve different purposes in the functionality, performance, and efficiency of your vehicle. These auto fluids aren’t something to ignore when caring for your car. Having these fluids routinely flushed, topped off, or inspected is large part of the seasonal auto maintenance that will help your car run its best. Keeping up with fluid maintenance will also help to extend the life of your car, and help you avoid larger repair costs down the road. The fluids discussed below should be routinely checked, and the beginning of spring is the perfect time to do so. If your spring plans include vacations or extra time on the road, it’s even more important to inspect these fluids to ensure you’ll be safe on the road. Read on for our expert car care and essential vehicle fluid maintenance tips so you can take care of your vehicle investment properly! Plus, you can explore our FAQ page for even more car care tips and routine maintenance information.

  • Washer Fluid – Windshield washer fluid works with your wiper blades to help you achieve a clear view of the road ahead. Regularly checking your washer fluid is recommended so that you never get stuck behind the wheel with an unclear or unsafe view. Some vehicles are equipped with a low washer fluid dashboard light, which will help you determine when it’s time to refill. However, not all vehicles have this sensor, which is why checking your washer fluid often is important. It’s also good to note that there are a few different kinds of washer fluid. There are concentrated solutions that need to be diluted 50/50 with water, while already diluted solutions are ready to pour. Make sure to read the noted temperature levels on the label of the bottle when choosing which washer fluid to buy, to ensure it is suited for the area you live and drive in. To refill your windshield washer fluid, locate the opening to the washer fluid tank, which can be found under the hood, and is properly labeled with an icon. If you need assistance refilling your car’s washer fluid tank, or need help choosing a fluid, Graff Durand is here to help! We’d be glad to top it off at your next service appointment.

  • Oil Changes – It may seem obvious to some to say routine oil changes are extremely important to your engine health, but it’s well worth mentioning again! The oil in your engine serves many purposes including keeping your engine clean, taking heat away from the engine, lubricating moving parts, and protecting the engine against wear. Oil changes are arguably one of the most important routine maintenance services and should be completed every 3,000-5,000 miles, or sometimes longer if you use synthetic oil (consult your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s specific needs). Spring brings with it warmer weather and the opportunity for more frequent road trips, which means extra time on the road. Before your travels get underway, it’s important to check your oil level and potentially have your oil changed before those extra miles!

  • Coolant – Coolant is an auto fluid with additives that works to help control the temperature of various engine components. This fluid is also commonly known as antifreeze. The purpose of coolant in your vehicle is to keep the radiators in your vehicle from overheating or freezing throughout the various seasons; but when should you change it? You can reference your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s specific needs; however, our service experts recommend every two years or every 24,000 miles – whichever comes first. The service experts at Graff Durand will gladly inspect and top off your coolant if you suspect your car may be overheating or if you notice a sweet smell. Warmer temperatures and extra time on the road call for a routine coolant fluid check to ensure your vehicle won’t overheat mid-trip!

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At Graff Durand, we want to help you care for your vehicle in any way we can to so that your car, truck, SUV, or crossover continues to perform for years to come. Keeping up with seasonal auto maintenance, including spring car care, will ultimately ensure your safety on the road and will help to correct any potential issues that may have occurred during the winter months. The Graff Durand certified auto technicians are qualified to handle any auto service you might need, and are happy to answer any questions you might have. It’s our mission to provide an excellent auto service experience for our customers in Durand, Owosso, Swartz Creek, Genesee, Flint, and beyond. Visit our well-equipped Service Center at 9009 E. Lansing Rd., Durand, MI 48429 or give us a call at (866) 529-1655.