Brake Fluid: While stopping your vehicle, brakes generate great amount of heat. Because of this brake fluid cannot have any moisture or water in it. Problem is brake fluid likes water. So over time brake fluid will become contaminated enough with water to start affecting your ability to stop.
During each digital courtesy inspection, we perform at Patterson's Service Station, we will not only check the brake fluid level. We will also check it for contamination. Our inspections will show the condition of your brake fluid during each visit. When it is time, we will recommend the flushing and replacement of the brake fluid, so you can continue to stop safely. Because we will checking the fluid during each visit, you can be better prepared for when it is time to replace it.
Transmission: The fluid in a transmission does not get the abuse that the engine oil does, but on many vehicles, it does need to be changed at an interval. Automatic transmissions driven around Ithaca are constantly shifting up and down and over time this will break the fluid down requiring change. During our digital inspections, Patterson's Service Station will check and adjust your transmission fluid as needed. We will also recommend that it be changed when the time and mileage arrive. Note: Some automatic transmission vehicles today do not have a dipstick and require a specific process to check the fluid. During our digital inspection we will look over the transmission and if we see leakage that may affect the fluid level, we will bring it to your attention.
When the time comes for the fluid to be changed, we may offer a transmission flush to not only exchange the fluid but to also rinse out any possible contaminants that may exist.
Coolant/Anti-Freeze: Can be very confusing and is often forgotten. It comes in many different colors and types; some manufactures say it is “lifetime” and others say it needs to be replaced every five years or so. Let Patterson's Service Station take the guessing out of what kind and what requirements your vehicle has for coolant. During each digital inspection we will check the coolant level and condition making sure that during the summers and winters here at Ithaca that the coolant cools and doesn’t freeze or boil over.
Regular inspection of the cooling system will help prevent breakdowns and leaks. When it comes time to replace the coolant, Patterson's Service Station will flush out the system and put in the manufacturer required fluid.
Transfer Case/Differential: Four-wheel drive vehicles and trucks can benefit from having the fluids in the transfer case and or differential monitored and changed. Many times, the intervals for changing these fluids is years and many miles apart unless the vehicle is used in extreme circumstances such as construction or immersion in water. Another factor that will contribute to the servicing of these units is leakage. During the Patterson's Service Station digital courtesy inspection we will check and note any leakage that needs to be addressed. When time for service arrives, we will be sure to bring it to your attention for consideration.
Power Steering: With the average age of vehicles on the road today being over 11 years, we suggest the changing the power steering fluid in your vehicle as per the OEM requirements. We will check and monitor the fluid over the life of your vehicle and bring it to your attention if and when the fluid needs to be address due to leakage or normal use.