Six Fluids You’ll Find in Your European Car

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Do you know much about the fluids in your European car? If not, you don’t have to worry. Star Motors European has some information that can help you to get more acquainted with the various fluids you might see.

Windshield Wiper Fluid

Most car owners overlook the importance of windshield wiper fluid until their windshield gets dirty. This vital fluid helps you to maintain visibility and keep your windshield as clean as possible. Most wiper fluid is tinted a light blue, but if the fluid leaks at all, it tends to look just like water.


You probably think about antifreeze in terms of what it does in cooling your car’s engine. But it also helps to protect against temperatures that are too cold, too. Antifreeze is usually a bright green or yellow, to make it obvious that’s what you’re seeing. Spotted an antifreeze leak? You need to address it as soon as possible.

Transmission Fluid

Your car’s transmission absolutely has to have the right amount of usable transmission fluid. This oily liquid works like engine oil does, just in the transmission. It keeps the transmission running a little cooler, because transmission parts can get very hot. It also helps to keep the transmission clean and the parts lubricated, so that they move freely.

Brake Fluid

Without brake fluid, your brake system cannot function at all. That’s because your European car’s brakes are a hydraulic system. They require fluid to increase the pressure that the mechanical parts of the brake system need in order to stop the car. 

Engine Oil

Of all the fluids in your European car, you might have a love and hate relationship with your car’s engine oil. You’re likely to need to get the oil changed at least a few times a year, and that helps to keep your car’s engine in good condition. By checking the oil in your car every few weeks, you can keep tabs on what’s going on with it.


The only other fluid you deal with more than oil is fuel. As the fuel gauge shows you that you’re running low, you definitely need to top up or the car isn’t going anywhere. Gas mileage can tell you a lot about how your engine is doing, so keeping track of it can really help you to sort out possible issues.

If you’re noticing anything different with how your car is running or you’ve spotted a fluid leak, it’s important. Contact us today at Star Motors European in San Juan Capistrano, CA and we’ll set up an appointment to take a closer look.

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