Learn About Engine Fluids with Robyn and Sears Auto Center PLUS a Giveaway!

by Robyn Wright on December 11, 2014

in Living

This is a sponsored post, I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own.

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Last month I visited Sears Auto Center and learned all about tires. This month they invited me back to learn about engine fluids. I must admit the tires I knew a little bit more about going in but I was pretty clueless about most of these fluids in our cars. As I keep learning more about my car I am feeling more empowered to make decisions on maintenance, even without Hubby.

Do you remember long ago when you went to a gas station and it was full service? Not only did the pump the gasoline for you, but they also would check your fluids. Most of the full service stations are gone now, but it is still a good time for you to check many of your fluids on your own.

SACRoadWarriors Fluids on shelf

The first fact I learned is that coolant and antifreeze are the same thing. You often hear it called coolant in the warm months and antifreeze in the colder months but it is all the same thing. All water-cooled engines need coolant, which is the majority of cars on the road today. Coolant keeps the water in the engine from boiling over or freezing up. Ideally, your coolant will remain at optimum levels between changes, but some things can cause it to be low. It can actually evaporate if your car is overheating or even just running hotter than normal.

SACRoadWarriors coolant overflow tank

Remember in old movies when we would see cars overheating all the time and they opened the hood and all of this steam was coming out of the radiator? They usually were adding water to it to try and fix the problem. Well, now we have coolant to help prevent that from happening and this coolant overflow tank (pictured above) which holds the excess coolant and also allows the radiator to suck it back in as needed.

SACRoadWarriors typical cooling system

Check your owner’s manual to find out when it is suggested that you change your coolant. This will vary greatly from car to car. Sears Auto Centers can also pull up this information for your specific car.

Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of your transmission. Without this fluid the gears and transmission clutches cannot function properly. Checking transmission fluid is easier on older cars than newer cars. If your car is approximately 2006 or newer having it checked by a professional is recommended because there are special requirements to check. Always check your owner’s manual. In the past, smell and color used to be indications that your transmission fluid may need changed but that is no longer accurate. Heat is the number one enemy of your transmission fluid because heat breaks down the molecular structure which causes it to lose its lubricating ability and hydraulic ability. Learn more about transmission fluid from Sears Auto Centers.

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Differential fluid is something I have a tiny bit of experience with. My first new car was a Suzuki Samurai and because I was out of differential oil the rear end went out making the car inoperable. This instilled in me the importance of differential fluid. It is the lubricant for the gears inside the differential which is the part that allows the back tires to spin at different speeds while still applying pressure. Not all cars have differential fluid although all cars do have a differential. Generally speaking, front wheel drive vehicles do not have differential fluid. How often this fluid needs to be changed depends on the vehicle. Sears Auto Centers will be able to check the recommended mileage for this service, if needed. Learn more about the deal with differential fluid from Sears Auto Centers.

SACRoadWarriors fuel system cleaning chart

Fuel system cleanings are recommended every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. The cleanings use a multi-step process remove carbon deposits from the throttle plate, clean the fuel injectors, and cleaning the combustion chamber which is done thru an IV-like drip. A fuel system cleaning maximizes fuel economy and reduces vehicle emissions. Good for your pocket and good for the environment. You can learn more about fuel system cleanings in this post from Sears Auto Centers.

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BONUS DEAL: Keep an eye on the Sears Auto Facebook page and website during the 12 Days of Car Care promotion from 12/13-12/24, where there will be exclusive deals on Road Handler tires and Valvoline oil changes.

Sears has also provided me with a gift card to giveaway. You can use this at your local Sears Auto Center or Sears store on whatever you need! You can learn more about Rules of the Road Warrior by following the hashtag #SACRoadWarriors, follow @SearsAuto on Twitter, like the Sears Auto Facebook page, and even follow Sears Auto on Instagram.

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The Giveaway: $50 Sears Gift Card

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Good luck!

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1 tannawings December 12, 2014 at 2:24 am

I learned a bit about differential fluids- that I dont know a whole lot about as I dont think we have ever owned a vehicle that needed fluids.

2 tannawings December 12, 2014 at 2:25 am

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3 tannawings December 12, 2014 at 2:26 am
4 Deb Jackson December 12, 2014 at 6:57 am

I I learned cleaning is a multistep process and that not all cars have differential fluid
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5 Deb Jackson December 12, 2014 at 6:57 am
6 AngelaLilly December 12, 2014 at 11:58 am

I knew virtually NOTHING about fluids prior to reading this post! LOL But one thing that I had honestly never ever heard of was Differential fluid! Thanks for educating me! LOL

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7 AngelaLilly December 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

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8 AngelaLilly December 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

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9 JessieC December 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I learned that checking transmission fluid is easier on older cars than newer cars.

10 JessieC December 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm

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11 JessieC December 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm

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12 Julie Cutshaw December 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I learned that the complete procedure will take about 30 minutes on light weight vehicles and best results if repeated once per year.

13 Julie Cutshaw December 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

I have been a long time subscriber to your Robyn’s Online World and very much enjoy your site and everything shared. thanks

14 Julie Cutshaw December 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm

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15 Happi Shopr December 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

I didn’t know that it needed to be done every 15-18k miles

16 Happi Shopr December 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

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17 Happi Shopr December 13, 2014 at 12:42 am
18 kelly December 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

I learned that I should have my car’s transmission fluids checked by a professional since it is newer than 2006 and there are special requirements.
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21 sandra December 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I learned heat breaks down the molecular structure of transmission fluid

22 sandra December 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm

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23 nanlara December 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I learned coolant and antifreeze are the same

24 nanlara December 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm
25 tannawings December 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm
26 tannawings December 14, 2014 at 2:56 am
27 AngelaLilly December 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm
28 AngelaLilly December 15, 2014 at 8:33 am
29 Heather S December 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

I learned that not all cars have differential fluid

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31 Heather S December 15, 2014 at 11:48 am
32 Coach Happiness December 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Very interesting stuff! Now I’d like that chance to win a Amazon Gift card. Thanks.

33 tannawings December 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm
34 Karen Goodman December 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

You look so cute in those googles! I didn’t know that years ago they didn’t have antifreeze? When I was about 20, I moved to Houston for grad school and we had an 18 hour drive. My parents put a hitch on their car and pulled a trailer, but the car kept overheating. We had to stop every 2 hours and lift the hood and wait for the water to stop boiling. It was an excruciating drive!

35 Robyn Wright December 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Thanks Karen – apparently I’m good in glasses and goggles LOL

36 Karen Goodman December 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm
37 AngelaLilly December 16, 2014 at 9:27 am
38 Kim Henrichs December 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I didn’t know coolant and antifreeze were the same thing!

39 tannawings December 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm
40 Angela saver December 17, 2014 at 12:59 am

I learned it is recommended to have the fuel system cleaned every 15,000 – 18,000 miles, & it will help maximize fuel economy & reduce emissions!

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41 Angela saver December 17, 2014 at 1:01 am

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42 Angela saver December 17, 2014 at 1:03 am
43 AngelaLilly December 17, 2014 at 10:09 am
44 tannawings December 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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46 tannawings December 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm
47 tannawings December 19, 2014 at 1:16 am
48 AngelaLilly December 19, 2014 at 11:44 am
49 tannawings December 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm
50 tannawings December 21, 2014 at 12:28 am
51 carol w December 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

I learned Fuel system cleanings are recommended every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. Thanks
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52 carol w December 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

I subscribe to your feed. Thanks

53 Carol w December 21, 2014 at 11:07 am

I follow on twitter and I tweeted today https://mobile.twitter.com/carolwegs/status/546712663242182656

54 AngelaLilly December 22, 2014 at 9:20 am
55 tannawings December 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm
56 tannawings December 23, 2014 at 2:32 am
57 AngelaLilly December 23, 2014 at 9:51 am
58 steve weber December 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

I learned Fuel system cleanings are recommended every 15,000 to 18,000 miles

59 steve weber December 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

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60 AngelaLilly December 24, 2014 at 7:41 am
61 tannawings December 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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63 tannawings December 26, 2014 at 1:20 am
64 AngelaLilly December 26, 2014 at 8:57 am
65 tannawings December 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm
66 Ellie W December 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I learned that Fuel system cleanings are recommended every 15,000 to 18,000 miles.

67 Ellie W December 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm

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68 tannawings December 28, 2014 at 1:31 am
69 CDM December 28, 2014 at 8:57 pm

i never knew about “Differential fluid “! i didnt even know there is such a thing … lol :) very informative ,thanks. and by the way … wow ~looking good !!!

70 Ellie W December 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm
71 CDM December 28, 2014 at 9:02 pm

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72 CDM December 28, 2014 at 9:04 pm
73 tannawings December 29, 2014 at 2:34 am
74 AngelaLilly December 29, 2014 at 9:13 am
75 leyn16 December 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I learned that A fuel system cleaning maximizes fuel economy and reduces vehicle emissions. That’s awesome for my pocket and Mother Nature!

76 leyn16 December 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I’m already subscribed to Robyn’s online world!

77 leyn16 December 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Direct link to my tweet! Thanks Robyn for the giveaway. https://twitter.com/leyn16/status/549667596610850818

78 Terri Wisdom December 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I learned that coolant and antifreeze are the same!!!! Who knew!!!

79 Tanya Taylor December 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Fuel systems should be checked by professionals and changed every 15K to 18K miles.

80 Terri Wisdom December 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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81 Cori Westphal December 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I learned that if your car is 2006 or newer, you should probably have a pro check your fluids!

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84 Ellie W December 29, 2014 at 10:06 pm
85 tannawings December 30, 2014 at 2:36 am
86 AngelaLilly December 30, 2014 at 8:50 am
87 Ellie W December 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm
88 tannawings December 31, 2014 at 12:55 am
89 AngelaLilly December 31, 2014 at 8:16 am

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90 Judy L December 31, 2014 at 11:18 am

I learned that Fuel system cleanings use a multi-step process remove carbon deposits from the throttle plate, clean the fuel injectors, and cleaning the combustion chamber which is done thru an IV-like drip.

91 Angela saver December 31, 2014 at 9:36 pm
92 Ellie W December 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm
93 Elizabeth January 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

Do not know how to do it but willing to learn

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