What's the reason behind brake fluid contamination? The brakes of my Dodge Aries are no longer that responsive, so I had them checked, and the mechanic found out that the system is using contaminated fluid, among other things.
Even in a closed or sealed system, it's possible for the brake fluid to still get contaminated. Air and other unwanted elements can get into the small holes. And due to condensation, water may also get through the system. When the brakes aren't performing well, the system should be thoroughly inspected and serviced right away. If it's already filled with contaminants and air has found its way into the system, brake fluid exchange is needed. The brake system has to be bled to get rid of the contaminants and other elements. After bleeding the system, it should be topped off with new fluid. Use the right type of brake fluid, one that's recommended by the manufacturer, so you can be sure that it will meet the standards and requirements of the vehicle.
My Dodge is using up more engine oil than usual. There's smoke coming out of the exhaust. The engine seems to be burning oil. What parts should I check in this case?
In case of excessive oil consumption and smoke coming out of the tail pipe, check the PCV system for damage or defects. You may have to replace the PCV valve. Also inspect the piston rings and the engine's valve seals. If the piston rings are worn out or you found out that the valve seals are blown or cracked, these faulty parts should be replaced. The engine may burn oil due to mechanical issues. To find out more about its condition, you have to test the compression. This will help you figure out what the problem is. You may need the help of a professional mechanic to figure out how to deal with the oil consumption problem before this gets more serious. This may cause engine troubles because of lack of proper lubrication.
How often should I check the transmission system of my Dodge? What would be a recommended interval or schedule for transmission inspection. How frequent should transmission fluid be changed?
Checking the transmission system of your vehicle every year would be best for preventive maintenance. Thanks to regular annual inspections, symptoms of transmission defects and troubles could be identified early on and fixed right away. This will allow you to save more from costly repairs. Some transmission service experts say that the transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 to 40,000 kms. This depends on the recommended maintenance by the manufacturer for the specific vehicle model and year. The user manual can be your best guide when it comes to the service and maintenance of different auto systems, including the transmission assembly. Whenever you check and/or change the fluid, the filter should likewise be considered for replacement and inspection. Check if it's clogged or damaged in any way. A dirty or contaminated fluid could mean that the filter isn't trapping dirt effectively.