An insight into automotive fluids
February 5, 2022
We would like to give you an update on some of the things happening with automotive fluids. As you know, cars are becoming more sophisticated every day – and fluids such as oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.
The do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful to avoid actually harming their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many Tehachapi car owners rely on the advice of their service consultant to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their car and the way they drive.
Let’s start with engine oil. If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built to much tighter tolerances and have very complicated valve trains. The oil must be thin enough to lubricate complicated parts when the engine is cold. The weight of an oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W-30. Manufacturers recommend the weight of oil for each vehicle they make. The recommendation is based on engine design. J&H Automotive will know what weight your manufacturer recommends – and it’s important to follow those recommendations. A technician at J&H Automotive can also offer suggestions for special formulations and can explain conventional and synthetic oils.
Antifreeze, or engine coolant, is another area that has become more complicated. For a long time, manufacturers only called for a couple of different types of coolant. Now there are several different formulations that are needed because of the different materials that manufacturers are using to build cooling systems. Using the wrong type of coolant can actually void your warranty, so you want to get that right.
Transmission fluid is beginning to be specialized as well. New transmission designs have particular requirements that mandate the use of specific formulations. Recently, new, somewhat confusing, standards for brake fluid have also been released.
Not too long ago, there was a good chance that all of the vehicles at your house would use many of the same fluids. However, as automotive technology advances, the array of basic automotive fluids you need will grow. And, some of the formulations will cost a little more. Fortunately, J&H Automotive will continue to update their training to keep pace with technology so that you’ll get the right fluids your car needs. It’s all part of the commitment this automotive repair shop makes to your driving peace of mind.
If you have any questions about the fluids for your vehicle, please do not hesitate to stop by J&H Automotive, located at 501 W. Tehachapi Blvd. or just give them a call at (661) 822-9171.