Complete Fluid Change
Fluids are vital to your vehicle and are considered the lifeblood in each system. Many people know that engine oil needs to be changed routinely because it breaks down over time and gets soiled from the carbon left behind from the combustion process. However, engine oil isn’t the only fluid that needs attention. Other fluids such as transmission fluid, differential fluid, and power steering fluid are exposed to extreme temperatures. Extreme temperatures are what cause fluids to break down and over time reduce the ability to lubricate which can lead to failures in those systems.
Brake fluid is a hydroscopic fluid which simply means it absorbs moisture. Brake fluid moisture is absorbed from weather conditions as well as condensation that is produced as a result of the heating and cooling of the hydraulic brake system. Moisture in the brake fluid system reduces the boiling points and creates corrosion that leads to braking failures.
Engine coolant protects the interior of the engine from rust and overheating, corrosion, and also helps lubricate the water pump. Over time coolant breaks down and becomes acidic which greatly reduces its ability to prevent rust and corrosion that damage the cooling system and lead to overheating.
Power Brake Fluid Replacement
Brake fluid is a key element in the braking process as it prompts the pads to clamp down on rotors to slow or stop the vehicle. Leaks or excessive moisture in the braking system can reduce the vehicle’s ability to slow down or stop. A Brake fluid replacement or system flush will successfully remove excess moisture from the system, helping improve the vehicle’s braking ability.
Brake fluid flushes are performed with the use of a special brake fluid exchange machine. The machine connects to the hydraulic brake system’s fluid reservoir, forcing new fluid into all areas of the system. The service is complete once all of the used fluid has been pumped out and new fluid flows through all brake calipers. Many vehicles today also require a special ABS bleed procedure that is included in the brake flush service, as well.
Transmission Fluid Replacement
The transmission’s job is to supply power to the wheels so that the vehicle can travel at various speeds. Transmission fluid improves the operation of gears, prevents overheating, and may even help improve fuel efficiency. Old, dirty, or contaminated transmission fluid reduces its protective capabilities which may cause overheating and lead to failure.
There are two options when it comes to replacing the transmission fluid; either by a fluid change or fluid flush. A fluid change involves dropping the transmission pan, replacing the filter (if applicable), and adding fluid to the transmission. A fluid change only replenishes about 30% of fluid that the transmission uses, leaving most of the old transmission fluid in the vehicle. Because of its hydraulic composition, transmission fluid doesn’t drain into a storage area, unlike the engine, where oil is collected for later use.
A fluid flush is the most ideal method in replacing transmission fluid because all fluid and the transmission filter is removed and replaced. A flush, also called a fluid exchange, interrupts the transmission cooler by forcing it to pump the transmission fluid into a machine, all while the machine measures and pumps new, fresh fluid into the transmission.
Auto Coolants Fluid Replacement
Engine coolant can be replaced in a couple of different ways. One way is to simply drain the radiator and replenish with new engine coolant. However, this service neglects about 50% of the engine coolant due to coolant being trapped in the engine block and the heater core. The second way is to perform a coolant exchange, or flush. The exchange machine intercepts at a radiator hose allowing the system to circulate to the machine. The machine then measures and pumps new coolant back into the cooling system, similar to how a blood transfusion is performed. By having a coolant fluid flush performed, you’re ensuring all fluid in the system is clean and fresh.
Power Steering Fluid Flush
Power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid that builds pressure that is needed to assist with steering. The power steering pump circulates the fluid which forces a piston, within the steering gear, to move, reducing the effort needed in turning the vehicle. The steering process generates a tremendous amount of heat and because most power steering systems lack filtration, over time the fluid becomes contaminated.
The power steering system redistributes the fluid through a reservoir and the power steering flush machine diverts the fluid from the reservoir to evacuate the old fluid, while new fluid is introduced to the system. Once the fluid returns to a clean, golden color the service is complete.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fluid Replacements
Q: What is the best transmission fluid?
A: The best transmission fluid is based on what your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends. Only use fluid that is recommended for your specific transmission.
Q: How much does a transmission fluid service cost?
A: Sun Auto Service offers a transmission fluid exchange service as low as $179.95*, a huge savings in comparison to the dealership.
Q: How much does a brake fluid flush cost?
A: Sun Auto Service offers a brake fluid exchange service for just $79.95*.
Q: How much does a power steering fluid change cost?
A: Sun Auto Service offers a power steering fluid exchange service for $99.95*. If your vehicle is in need of several flushes, we recommend our Major Service Special, which provides an oil change as well as a brake fluid, power steering, transmission flush, and more at an incredible price! You’ll save hundreds over dealership prices.
Q: When should you change your transmission fluid?
A: To protect your transmission and ensure smooth operation, we recommend a transmission flush every 30,000 miles.
Q: When should you change your brake fluid?
A: Depending on the climate you live in, we recommend replacing brake fluid every 24,000 miles or every two years, whichever comes first, as well as any time your brakes are serviced.
*For most cars and light trucks. See store for details.