Why Is It Important to Keep Your Vehicle Properly Lubricated?

As you may know, your car’s engine and transmission have many moving parts, all made of metal. As a result, friction and heat are produced. To prevent your automotive parts from premature wear and tear, your car needs proper lubrication from motor oil and transmission fluid.


Getting fluids changed and flushed is an essential part of vehicle ownership. The less friction there is, the longer and smoother your automobile will run. Below are some fluids to help your car stay happy and hydrated:

  • Engine oil – Motor oil should be replaced every 3,000 - 10,000 miles, depending on the recommended interval and type of oil you use. Each vehicle's interval can vary depending on make, model, and age. Fresh and clean oil should be amber in color and have a smooth consistency. With advancements in the automotive industry, motor oils can be engineered to withstand extremely high engine temperatures and friction. Some of them even have additives to help prevent corrosion, making them last longer than the traditional 3,000 miles.
  • Transmission fluid – Similar to engine oil, transmission fluid lubricates the transmission for smooth and proper gear changes. This type of fluid is typically bright green, red, or pink. It's also important to note that the fluid used in manual transmissions is different from the fluid used for automatic transmissions.

If any of your fluids need a top-off or flush, you can count on the professionals at Autotrends in Greensboro, NC. We will do our best to minimize the wear and tear on your vehicle's critical components.

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