How to Check the Fluid Levels in Your Car

May 16th, 2016 by

Checking Engine OilCars require a lot of maintenance to keep them working well. This includes changing fluids under the hood. Take a look at these five fluid levels you should check frequently.

Engine Oil

Check the oil in your car after it has cooled down for an hour. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it off with a cloth. Then, reinsert the dipstick and pull it out to see where the oil level is at. If your oil is too low, add more. Also, look at your oil’s color. It should be yellowish. Change it as it becomes brown or black.

Engine Coolant

Make sure your car’s engine has cooled down before you remove the cap on the coolant reservoir to avoid injury. It’s typically in the front. You need to add a mixture of antifreeze and water whenever the coolant gets low. Some cars take antifreeze at full strength, so check your manual first.

Transmission Fluid

Turn on your car and let your engine heat up before checking the transmission fluid. It has a dipstick just like your oil, and you check it the same way by wiping the stick off and reinserting it. The fluid should be reddish in color, and it only needs to be changed every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on your car.

Brake Fluid

In most cars, you can see the plastic reservoir that contains your brake fluid under the hood. You check the level by looking at the side or pulling off the cap. It doesn’t typically need to be replaced unless you have a leak.

Power Steering Fluid

There is another plastic reservoir for the power steering fluid. You can check the level on the side as with the brake fluid. Electric cars often do not have a power steering fluid reservoir.

If you consistently make sure these fluid levels in your car are full, your car will run better and prevent trips to the repair shop.

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