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Routine Maintenance for Vehicle Fluids at Serra Traverse City

There are many different fluids that are important to the performance of your Audi, Cadillac, Volvo, Subaru, Volkswagen, Nissan, or Toyota vehicle! Some vehicle fluids include windshield washer fluid, engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. In order for your vehicle to function properly, its fluids need to be maintained regularly. Schedule your routine maintenance for vehicle fluids at Serra Traverse City to ensure your safety out on the road!

Washer Fluid

Your washer fluid is important to keep your field of view clear while driving. The washer fluid tank is located under the hood and is easy to replace on your own, at any time. There are various types of washer fluid so be sure to review the label before choosing one to purchase. Some fluids need to be diluted with water before use. This information will be outlined on the bottle.

Purpose of Washer Fluid: Washer fluid cleans your windshield with help from your wiper blades. It clears away dirt so you can see the road in front of you.

When to Change: There’s no set schedule for replacing washer fluid. Your needs will change based on how often you use it! If you need help, we’d be glad to assist you! Just stop by our service center!


Coolant, otherwise known as antifreeze, helps to control the temperature of the engine. It keeps the engine from freezing and from overheating and protects you from costly engine repairs.

Purpose of Coolant: Coolant keeps your engine from freezing or overheating by controlling the temperature of engine components like the radiator. It also keeps components from corroding over time.

When to Change: We recommend that you have your coolant flushed every 24,000 miles or every two years. You may also want to check your Owner’s Manual for a specific timeline for your vehicle.

Engine Oil

Engine oil is a very important fluid to extend the life of your vehicle. Oil protects your engine from wear and keeps it from overheating. Without routine oil changes, you can cause costly damage to your vehicle.

Purpose of Engine Oil: Oil is a lubricant for the moving parts of your vehicle. It draws the heat away from the engine and protects it from wear.

When to Change: Have your oil changed every 3,000 – 5,000 miles. This number can vary depending on your driving habits. Be sure to check your Owner’s Manual for specifics regarding your vehicle and oil type.

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid transmits power to your vehicle’s steering rack. When you turn your steering wheel, the fluid assists in making your turn smoother.

Purpose of Power Steering Fluid: This fluid lubricates the steering pump and reduces friction in the power steering system.

When to Change: If you have trouble turning your steering wheel, your steering wheel feels creaky, or you hear growling noises when you turn, you should have your power steering fluid serviced. We would love to take a look to ensure your safety.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid transfers pressure from your brake pedal to your brake system. Brake fluid can absorb moisture and cause corrosion over time, which is why it’s important to have your brake fluid checked regularly.

Purpose of Brake Fluid: The brake fluid transfers pressure from the brake pedal to the brake caliper. This causes the rotors to compress and slow down your vehicle.

When to Change: We recommend having your brake fluid inspected every 30,000 miles. Check your Owner’s Manual for specifics on your vehicle.

Schedule a Vehicle Fluid Service Appointment at Serra in Traverse City, MI

Taking care of your vehicle fluids is an important part of routine maintenance! We want to extend the life of your vehicle as long as possible and keep you safe while you’re out on the road! Be sure to schedule a vehicle fluid service appointment at Serra of Traverse City so that our certified technicians can look for any leaks or fluids that need to be changed. We'd also be happy to take a look at your fluid levels at your next oil change and provide fluid top-offs as needed. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at either of our two locations. You can reach us at 231-947-9000 for our Cadillac/Subaru Campus at 1747 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 or 231-946-5540 for our Toyota/Audi/VW/Nissan/Volvo Campus at 1301 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686. We are proud to serve Traverse City and our neighbors in Northern Michigan!