Cars are becoming more sophisticated everyday and fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.
A number of new oil weights have been placed on the market in the last several years. Modern engines are built in 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 oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W. Your vehicle manufacturer will recommend the weight of oil for your car, which is based on engine design.
If you’re not sure, come on in to your nearest Louetta Automotive location. Our experienced service advisors will be able to tell you what oil weight your manufacturer recommends. We 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 the cooling system. 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.
As automotive technology advances, the variety of automotive fluids you need will grow. And, some of them will cost a little more than they used to! Fortunately, your local Louetta Automotive service center will continue to update their training to keep pace with technology so that you’ll get the right fluids your car needs.