Fluid Services

What we offer

Zippity has the ability to replace, flush, or top-off the following fluids. Learn more about each one below.

  • Differential Fluid
  • Engine Coolant
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Transfer Case Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Windshield cleaner

What you need to know

Differential Fluid:  The differential is the component of the car which accounts for the difference in distance travelled between the inner and outer wheels when making a turn.  This component has its own housing and lubricating oil, which needs to be maintained, just like your engine oil. Most manufacturers recommend replacing differential fluid every 30,000-60,000 miles.

 

Engine Coolant: This water-based fluid helps absorb heat from the engine. Checking your coolant levels regularly can help you identify a leak early and avoid damage to the engine from overheating. Coolant levels should not change too much so if they are low (as indicated by dashboard warning light), it may suggest you have a leak. 

Coolant can have a long maintenance interval ( as much as 10 years or 100,000 miles, for some vehicles). However, the coolant can deteriorate over time and should be tested to see if its still good. 

 

Power Steering Fluid: Power steering fluid is part of the system that helps make your wheel easy to turn. You may have a steering fluid leak if you hear a squealing noise or decreased steering performance during low speed maneuvers like parking. Unless there is a leak, there should only be occasional maintenance, if any at all. Depending on your manufacturer, you vehicle may need a flush every 30,000-60,000 miles.

 

Transfer Case Fluid: The transfer case is a gearbox that helps transfer power between the front and rear axles. This gear box has lubricating fluid which helps keeps the gears running smoothly and must be maintained occasionally. Most manufacturers recommend inspecting the transfer case fluid every other oil change and replacing every 60,000.

 

Transmission Fluid: Transmission fluid helps lubricate and there are a variety of fluids that are used depending on whether your transmission is manual or automatic. You may need to flush your transmission fluid if you're having trouble shifting gears, you feel the gears slipping, hear grinding noises when shifting, or if your car surges forward or falls backwards for no good reason. All of these symptoms may mean that your transmission fluid is contaminated.

 


    Frequency Recommendation

    Differential Fluid: Most manufacturers recommend replacing differential fluid every 30,000-60,000 miles.

    Engine Coolant: Varies by manufacturer, between every 30,000-100,000 miles. Zippity recommends having your coolant checked with your oil change after ~50,000 miles.

    Power Steering Fluid: Address immediately if leaking. Otherwise, refer to your manufacturer's maintenance schedule for flush frequency. Typically between 30,000-60,000 miles.

    Transfer Case Fluid: Most manufacturers recommend inspecting the transfer case fluid every 15,000 miles and replacing every 60,000 miles.

    Transmission Fluid: Most manufacturers recommend that manual transmission fluid be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles and automatic transmission service intervals typically range from 60,000-100,000 miles.