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Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF)
Automatic Transmission fluid helps lubricate various components like gears and the torque converter. It also reduces brake band friction and operates hydraulic valves within the transmission. ATF is a specialized type of oil designed for automatic transmissions, it’s red in colour and visibly different from other oils and fluids. Take your car in to your nearest Midas Location immediately if you find a transmission fluid leak.
The battery allows you to use the electrical parts in your car, such as the starter motor, radio or lights. The battery powers them when the car is not running, but the alternator takes over when the engine is on while the battery recharges. Batteries may fail because of broken terminals, low electrolyte levels, or corrosion. All batteries need replacing when they eventually lose their charge.
Through a spring-like design, struts help to keep your journeys comfortable by absorbing shock from uneven terrain. They also provide load-bearing support. Struts are joined to the chassis.