Be Sure To Check Your Fluid Levels Frequently!
There was a time not too long ago, when you would take your car into a gas station, and an attendant would come out and fill your car up with gas, wash your windows and check all the fluid levels under the hood.
Today most drivers don’t know how to check the fluid levels or what they are even for. They don’t know how to check oil in a car. Most are content to go in for an oil change every now and then, and let them check the fluid levels.
If you want to keep your vehicle running well, you need to find out what fluid levels need to be checked, and then periodically do it.
It is vital to the health of your car to get this done, and reading the car manual that has probably never been looked at, is a very good idea. You will find diagrams of the engine and where every single fluid can be checked. If need be, you can look on the web for directions on how do you check your oil as well as tips on checking the engines coolant, checking the brake fluid, checking the power steering fluid and checking the windshield washer fluid.
To check the engine’s oil, there is a cap towards the front of the engine saying oil.
Check your oil with the engine off, by removing the dipstick, and wiping it off with a rag. Put it back in, making sure it goes in all the way, and then draw it back out to get your reading. This is the best way to get a car oil check.
You will be able to see the oil on the dipstick and if it’s between the maximum and minimum marks, your oil is okay. If it is below, then you will have to add some oil.
In older vehicles you need to check every couple of weeks, because they normally are losing oil somewhere. Newer cars and trucks should not have oil issues so you don’t need to do it that often.
If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, then you need to check its level by finding it towards the back of the engine.
Check the owner’s manual to determine how to check the transmission oil level. Normally the vehicle needs to be operating with the transmission in neutral or park. For getting a true reading, you need to drive the car so the transmission is heated up.
Follow the same procedure as when checking your oil, but it only needs checking once a year, unless you can tell it is leaking.
When checking the engine’s coolant, make sure you never remove the radiator cap if the engine is hot.
You can receive bad burns when you are splashed by the hot coolant. Most cars come with an overflow bottle where you can check the levels with the visible level markings.
Your car’s power steering also uses fluids, so it needs to be checked regularly. Check in your manual for checking the power steering fluid and to determine where it is at on your vehicle.
Another fluid to check is the brake fluid, and you can find info on checking the brake fluid and its location in the manual also. Be careful not to spill any on your paint, since it will lift it off.
The last fluid to check is for your windshield washer and it’s the easiest of all.
It is usually easy to find and you just fill it with washer fluid as it requires it, if it overflows, it can’t hurt anything. Once again, the manual will have tips on checking the windshield washer fluid too.
There you have it. A few tips on checking your fluid levels to keep your vehicle running smooth and out of the shop!
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