I think I made a mistake. I decided to pressure-wash the engine of my Chevrolet Orlando. I wanted to clean the engine compartment. Unfortunately, the CEL came on to warn me that something's wrong with my vehicle. This may have something to do with power-washing the engine since I noticed that the vehicle seems to be a bit sluggish when accelerating after I did this. Well, I'm not really sure. What could be the real problem here? What should I do?
When washing the engine or cleaning it, you have to be sure that all electrical parts such as the connectors, fuse blocks, and sensors are covered to keep them safe. It's not actually advised that you use a power washer since water can easily get to the wiring and other electrical components because of the pressure. This may cause a short or erroneous voltage signals to the engine computer. This may explain why the CEL came on. To fix this, you may disconnect the wiring and other connectors and use a hair dryer to remove moisture. This, however, may not always work. There could be a damaged component. In which case, the vehicle should be scanned to detect the error.
Do I still have to change the brake fluid of my Chevy even if there's no leak or the fluid level is still enough?
You need to change the brake fluid every once in a while to keep some brake components from getting rusty or corroded. This is because the fluid can absorb moisture from air. With the presence of moisture, corrosion may develop among brake parts. The brake system should be flushed to remove any trace of dirt or moisture and should be refilled with fresh fluid from time to time. Brake fluid exchange should be part of brake service and maintenance.
How often should I replace the antifreeze of my vehicle? What's the usual interval or recommended schedule?
Antifreeze is typically replaced every 2 years because around this time, the fluid may oxidize and the additives it contains may break down. These additives are used for lubricating the water pump. They also keep metal parts safe from oxidation and rust as well as keep the hoses flexible. Still, it would be best to check your vehicle owner manual for the maintenance interval. As you check the antifreeze and consider replacing it, also take a look at the thermostat to see if this needs to be replaced or if it's still running well.
Why should motor oil be recycled? In case I change the motor oil on my vehicle by myself, where should I take the old oil?
If you dispose oil recklessly or simply dump it, ground water can be contaminated. That's why the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA highly recommends oil recycling. The old oil may be taken to gasoline stations or facilities that conduct motor oil changes. Online, you can find various locations where the motor oil can be taken for recycling or safe handling.