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Fluid & Flush Services

Vehicle fluid flushes are a critical aspect of maintenance for San Antonio, TX drivers including engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Over time, these fluids degrade, becoming contaminated with dirt, debris, and moisture. Regular fluid flushes at Timberwood Lube are necessary to remove these impurities and replenish your vehicle's vital fluids, ensuring optimal performance and longevity.

Check engine lights, low oil lights, and high-temperature lights on your dashboard are all some obvious signs that it’s time to look into getting your fluids flushed.

Radiator Flush

Transmission Fluid Flush

Transmission fluid breaks down over time from heat, friction, and contaminants. Changing the fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles helps extend the life of the transmission by keeping the fluid clean.

Signs that your transmission fluid needs changing include shifting problems, gears slipping, delays or hesitations when shifting and leaking fluid.

Changing your transmission fluid at Timberwood Lube is always the best move for your vehicle.  Our technicians are trained specialists who know exactly what your make and model needs. We use high-quality transmission fluids that meet or exceed manufacturer specifications.

Our ASE-certified technicians thoroughly inspect the transmission during fluid changes to spot any potential problems and can recommend any additional services needed to keep your transmission running smoothly.

Engine Flush Service

An engine flush cleans out accumulated sludge, deposits, and contaminants from inside your vehicle’s engine and lubrication system.

If you’re experiencing reduced fuel economy, rough idling, knocking or pinging noises from the engine, oil leaks, difficulty starting the engine, and dirty or sludgy oil when changed, it’s time for a flush.

Although you may want to flush and refill all fluids at once, engine flushes are typically done on their own rather than in conjunction with other maintenance flushes.

Pro-Tip: Doing multiple flushes at once runs the risk of dislodging too much accumulated debris and clogging oil channels or damaging engine components.

Brake Fluid Exchange

A brake fluid flush is crucial for maintaining safe, properly functioning brakes. Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture, lowering its boiling point and leading to corrosion in brake system components.

Old, contaminated brake fluid should be flushed out every two years and replaced with fresh fluid to prevent brake failure, leaks, and damage to parts like calipers and wheel cylinders.

Signs you may need a brake fluid flush include a spongy brake pedal, needing to pump brakes, grinding or squealing noises, leaking fluid, and brake warning lights on your dashboard.

Brake fluid flushes should also be performed solo rather than combined with other flushes. Mixing different fluids can contaminate the braking system and reduce effectiveness.

Additionally, a brake system flush requires carefully bleeding each wheel cylinder to remove trapped air bubbles – a lengthy, methodical process that should be done separately for safety reasons.

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Antifreeze Fluid & Coolant Fluid Flush and Fill

It’s critical that your vehicle always has coolant filled up to its proper level. If you can’t see your coolant level, top it off until you can see coolant at the bottom of your fill neck.

If you aren’t sure whether you should top off your coolant, Kwik Kar can help.

Power Steering Flush and Fill

Power steering fluid allows your steering system to operate smoothly and efficiently. This fluid lubricates the steering system’s internal components like the power steering pump, steering gear, and other moving parts.

Power steering fluid levels should be checked about once a month by looking at the reservoir, which is usually located near the front of the engine compartment. The fluid level should be between the “min” and “max” lines on the reservoir when the engine is cold. If the level is at or below the minimum line, you should add power steering fluid to bring it back up to the proper level.

Topping off the fluid prevents issues like stiff steering, whining from the pump, and complete failures.

Motor Oil Fluid Top Off

Checking your engine’s oil level regularly and topping it off when needed is essential to engine health and performance. As a good rule of thumb, you should check your oil level at least once a month before starting the engine

To get an accurate reading, park your vehicle on a level surface. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, then reinsert and remove again to check where the oil level falls between the full and add marks.

If it’s at or below the add mark, it’s time to top up your oil. Only add oil in small increments, rechecking the dipstick every time to avoid overfilling. The type of oil you use should match what’s recommended by your vehicle manufacturer or mechanic.

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