Why do you know about your cars fluids? Most car owners know that they need to check their auto fluids often but ‘often’ is mostly relative and does not actually have a fixed period of time. This article contains information about auto fluid and simple tips that will help you where and how to locate the various auto fluids in your car, how and when to check these fluid levels and how to easily fill up auto fluid tanks so that you can keep your car running smoothly, save time and even get to save some money on repairs.
To begin with, all the reservoirs containing these fluids are located in the hood of your ca.
The engine oil reservoir is easy to point out as it is indicated on the cap. Find the dipstick and wipe it with a clean rug and dip it into the fuel tank. The dipstick usually has an indication showing the maximum and minimum levels and when you dip it into the tank, you should be able to check whether you need to refill the tank or not once you pull it out.
Check your engine oil at least once every month and check your cars owner’s manual for when you need to change/replace the engine oil.
Most manufactures either indicate ‘coolant’ or a ‘don’t open when hot’ caution label on the caps of coolant tanks. As the name suggest, coolant or antifreeze keeps your car cool and prevents overheating. To check the coolant levels, remove the cap on the radiator (once the car has cooled down of course) check the coolant level indicator lines. You will be able to know whether there is enough coolant or whether you need to add more coolant.
Check the coolant levels at least twice every year before the onset of winter and before summer as well. You can replace it after every 2 and half years.
Brake fluid is usually located closest to the driver’s side and usually has a stop sign indication on the cap of the tank. The brake fluid keeps your brakes working smoothly and should always be clean. By looking at the container, you can be able to see whether the brake fluid is clean (golden in color) or dirty (brown). Replace it if it is brown.
Power Steering Fluid
Some manufacturers indicate that the power steering fluid by labeling it as such while others simply put a picture of the steering on the cap or tank containing the fluid. The fluid tank usually has a maximum and minimum line or indication to show the levels of the fluid. Check it a least every once every month and If the power steering fluid is low, it would be advisable to take the car to a mechanic.
Check the transmission fluid at least once a month and make sure that you keep the car running while checking it. Transmission fluid should never be low and if it is, take the car to a mechanic. Check the color; if it is red, it is okay, but if smells burnt or looks brown in color, it is time to replace it.
Window Washer Fluid
The window washer fluid is very important as it helps you see where you are going. Check it regularly especially during winter and if it is ever low, fill it up.