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To keep your car looking good and performing well, this week OzFreeOnline offers you suggestions for taking care of the Filters and Power Steering fluid in your car.
There are a number of replaceable filters in a car. They are listed in your owner’s manual along with recommended replacement intervals. If you live in a dusty area or in a big city, then that's all the more reason for you to replace them more frequently. The following filters are common to most cars.
Fuel filter: found either in the engine compartment or near the gas tank. This filter is best left to your motor mechanic to change.
Breather: works with the PCV valve to allow clean air to be drawn into the crankcase to purge moisture and acids from the engine.
PCV valve: works with engine vacuum to draw fumes from the crankcase and burns them in the combustion chamber.
Cabin filter: on a number of late model cars since the early ‘90s; there is a filter in your air conditioning system that cleans the air before allowing it into the passenger compartment.
These filters are usually somewhere under the dash. Your owner's manual will tell you if you have one and where it is. Check your owner's manual for any other filters requiring servicing.
POWER STEERING FLUID
The power steering fluid reservoir usually has a small dipstick attached to the cap. Remove the cap and check the fluid level. The level should not change more than the normal range on the stick. If you have to add fluid more than once or twice a year, then have the system checked for leaks. These systems are easily damaged if you drive while the fluid is very low. Another warning of low power steering fluid is a buzzing noise when you turn the steering wheel at slow speeds.
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