Checking Your Engine Fluid
Checking the engine fluids in your car is a great priority in car maintenance. It helps against mechanical damage, breakdown and possible accidents. It can, therefore, save massive amounts of money that would be spent in repairs or accidents.
It takes a couple of minutes to ensure that all the fluids are at the required levels. I will take you through this exercise in the preceding concise steps:
- You should check your engine fluids regularly. Your manufacturer’s manual has recommended times that you should do this. Mark them on your calendar.
- Before checking the engine fluids, make sure that your car is parked on a flat surface. Open the hood safely.
- Start with the engine oil. This should do after the car has cooled down for an hour. Use the oil dipstick (refer to manual) and wipe it clean to have a clear reading. Push it back firmly and read the oil level between the two marks on the dipstick.
- Transmission fluid. This should do when the engine is running and thoroughly warmed but not moving. Check the level as you did for the motor oil.
- Changing of transmission fluid is not frequent. In new cars, it may be replaced after 100,000 miles. The manual recommends better, though.
- Brake fluid. This is normally labeled and can easily found. Check the level by looking through the plastic reservoir. If you can’t see, wipe the surface or open the cap and look in.
- Brake fluids are hardly consumed. Low levels indicate that there is a leakage on worn out brake surfaces or in the brake line. Has it checked before your brakes fail?
- Power steering fluid container can also be easily spotted. Read the levels as you did with the brake fluid.
- When replacing it, be careful. There are different levels depending on the engine type, hot and cold.
- Coolant. This is checked when the engine has cooled down lest you risk spraying scalding water into the air.
- The recommended coolant for cars is antifreeze, not water. Follow the instructions on the antifreeze label.
- Windshield washer fluid does not influence the performance of your car but helps clean your windshield while driving.
- If you expect cold weather, ensure that the wind washer fluid won’t freeze in low temperatures
- Check the pressure of your tires. Ensure that they have the recommended amount. This is necessary for the safety and balance of your car.
Apart from checking your engine fluids, below are some warnings you should take note of:
15. Do not pour automotive fluids on the ground. Dispose of them correctly.
16. When adding any fluid in the car, ensure that you use the right type of fluid lest it damages your car.
17. Do not let the fluids touch your car’s paint. Some fluids damage the finish. If it happens, clean it thoroughly.
18. Keep the brake fluid free from moisture and perfectly clean. Before opening the brake fluid cover, wipe all surfaces to avoid contamination.
19. Seal the brake fluid’s container. Any opening will allow moisture into the braking system. This would lead to brake failure.