Important Fluids in Your Vehicle

There many important components in your vehicle working under pressure. In order for these parts to work in optimal condition it needs certain fluids.

These essential fluids that every car needs: are engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant and power steering fluid.

Engine oil

The primary roll of the engine is to lubricate the moving parts in an engine. Oil keep the parts running smoothly while minimizing friction and engine component wear. It also draws heat away from lubricated engine components before the oil is coded via air in the sump, before being recirculated through the engine again. Regular servicing of the engine can also contribute to better fuel consumption.

Car Engine Oil
Transmission Fluid Change Cost

Transmission fluid

Transmission fluid helps keep your cars automatic or manual transmission cool and lubricated. In automatic transmissions, this fluid also serves as a viscous fluid that transmits power from the engine to the transmission. We recommend that a gearbox service should be done every 60 000km to ensure that your gearbox can function in the greatest condition.

Brake fluid

Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid that is used in brake systems to aid in the movement of the brake pedal to actuate the brake pads at the wheel -thus stopping your vehicle. Brake fluid is also a lubricate and anti-corrosion fluid that helps to make sure that your vehicles brake system works optimally. The importance of a brake fluid service is often ignored by a lot of vehicle owners. 

Coolant Fluid


It’s the job of the exhaust and cooling system to make sure the engine stays cool. The coolant absorbs the heat from the engine and stops the engine water from boiling in the summer. In addition, it also ensures metal parts don’t rust and rubber or plastic parts don’t corrode.

Power steering fluid:

Power steering is an automotive system that uses a separate motor or engine power to reduce the effort necessary to turn the front wheels. The pressurized fluid decreases the amount of effort required to turn the steering wheel. It also keeps the moving parts in the system lubricated and ensures the hoses, pistons, valves, and power steering pump work as intended.


Make a booking at VAG Spec Cape Town and our Volkswagen and Audi technicians can check out your vehicle’s fluid levels.

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