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Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush: What's Right for Your Vehicle?

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Your vehicle relies on various fluids to operate smoothly, from engine oil to transmission fluid and coolant. Over time, these fluids can become contaminated, affecting performance and potentially causing damage. But when is a fluid flush needed, and when is a simple fluid change sufficient? Let's break down the difference between the two and guide you on when to opt for each.

Fluid Change

A fluid change, also known as a fluid replacement, involves draining the old fluid from a specific system and replacing it with fresh fluid. This process helps maintain the fluid's effectiveness and prevents excessive buildup of contaminants. Fluid changes are typically performed according to your vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule, often expressed in terms of mileage or time intervals.

Fluid Flush

A fluid flush, on the other hand, is a more comprehensive process. It involves draining all of the old fluid from a system, thoroughly cleaning the system using specialized equipment, and then refilling it with fresh fluid. Flushing removes more of the old, potentially contaminated fluid, ensuring that the system is thoroughly cleaned and replenished.

When to Get a Fluid Change

Fluid changes are suitable for routine maintenance and are recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer. Regular fluid changes help maintain fluid quality and extend the lifespan of your vehicle's components. Common fluid changes include engine oil changes, transmission fluid changes, and brake fluid changes. Follow your owner's manual for specific recommendations.

When to Get a Fluid Flush

Fluid flushes are typically recommended when there is evidence of fluid contamination, degradation, or poor system performance. Signs that may indicate the need for a flush include erratic transmission shifts, overheating, reduced cooling system efficiency, and brake pedal fade. Additionally, some experts recommend periodic flushes for systems that don't have routine maintenance recommendations.

Determining whether your vehicle needs a fluid flush or change can be complex. It's best to consult with automotive professionals who can assess the condition of your fluids and recommend the appropriate course of action. At Nixon Automotive, our talented technicians can perform fluid inspections, changes, and flushes as needed, ensuring your vehicle's systems operate at their best.

Maintaining proper fluid quality is essential for the longevity and performance of your vehicle. Whether it's a routine change or a thorough flush, trust Nixon Automotive to provide expert fluid services tailored to your vehicle's needs. Your peace of mind is our priority, and we're here to keep your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. We are proud to service the following areas:

  • Vancouver
  • North Vancouver
  • West Vancouver
  • Burnaby
  • New Westminster
  • Surrey
  • White Rock
  • Langley
  • Richmond
  • Delta
  • Coquitlam
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Port Moody
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Maple Ridge
  • Abbotsford
  • Mission
  • Chilliwack
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