At MINI of Chicago, we believe that there is nothing like getting behind the wheel of a MINI coop. That said, we are a MINI dealership that understands that to make the most out of your driving experience it is essential to keep up with your motor fluid maintenance, and no we don’t just mean gasoline.

Of all the forms of maintenance to keep an eye on with your vehicle, motor fluid is possibly one of the most essential. Sure, gasoline counts as a motor fluid, and is arguably crucial to the function of your vehicle, however, three other motor fluids contribute to the short-term and long-term functionality of your vehicle. These three major motor fluids are coolant, motor oil, and transmission fluid.

Motor oil is your engine’s primary lubricant, and with so many moving pieces, having a clean motor oil is crucial. Over time though, motor oil can develop grime, which can hurt its effectiveness, and as a result, can cause internal damages as a result of friction. Fortunately, you can avoid this by changing out your motor oil once every 5,000 miles or six months.

Transmission fluid is another lubricant; however, it is utilized by your transmission. Your transmission is a central component to your vehicle and is quite costly to repair. Like motor oil, transmission fluid can become less and less effective over time, resulting in dangerous levels of friction. If you replace your transmission fluid once every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, you can avoid paying the expense of repairs.

Coolant is the last of the major motor fluids and is responsible for keeping your engine running at optimal temperatures. Without coolant, your engine can run hot, and you can run the risk of overheating. If you change out your coolant once every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, you can keep your engine from experiencing heat damage.

When taking on the task of motor fluid maintenance, our team at MINI of Chicago believe that you should never go alone. The team of auto technicians in our MINI service center are here for you, to ensure your driving experience is amazing from start to finish.