It is not abnormal for people to mix or use the wrong fluids in their vehicles and if they do, the development can vary from annoying to deadly. Adding antifreeze to the windshield washer reservoir might create a slippery mess but filling the reservoir with only water can create a ground for bacteria that can cause Legionnaires disease. People who own a vehicle should check their owner’s manual before adding fluids in their vehicles.
Wrong motor oil the brand of your motor oil is not that important, but its viscosity grade is vital. You should only use what the owner’s manual suggests. Using the wrong kind of oil can lead to decreased lubrication and lessen engine life. If the owner’s manual says to add synthetic oil, the do so. Synthetic oil does not harm but it also has no benefits.
Battery liquid Car batteries have access to individual cells that might need to be refilled with some water to cover lead plates. You should only use distilled water, which has no salt or minerals. If you add tap water to a battery electrolyte liquid, it can cause minerals from the water to accumulate on the batteries internal lead plates and reduce the battery power of your vehicle.
Be moderate with water Your vehicles cooling system uses a combination of water and antifreeze which is called coolant (usually 50/50) to keep it from freezing on winter days and from boiling on summer days. This helps to keep your vehicle cool in hot days and hot in cold days. Tap water besides causing accumulation of minerals can also reduce effectiveness of your vehicle.
Adding diesel to your gas vehicle. Remanns.com says “by adding diesel to your vehicle that runs on gas will cause it to knock and stumble, if it can still run.” It also depends on how much diesel was inserted into your gas vehicle, it can be annoying or it can be deadly to the motor and causing damage to injectors, fuel pump and other parts. If you catch it on time a technician can drain it right out.
Special liquid for your brakes Most brake systems use hydraulic fluid that is formulated for that purpose. By replacing transmission or power-steering fluid which are very much alike can damage the system, affect the seals and may even cause the brakes to malfunction. If you notice that your brake fluid is low your vehicle needs a brake system service.
Hooked up gears – Automatic transmissions should only use the fluid that is specified by the automaker. Using the wrong fluid can cause overheating, bad lubrication, and can permanently damage your vehicles transmission.
In addition, water accumulating bacteria can also freeze. If you are not sure what type of fluid or how much fluid your vehicle needs, seek advice from a professional.
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