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Checking the fluids in your vehicle

by | Nov 18, 2013 | Auto Repair, Brake Repair, General Car Maintenance, Oil Change, Transmissions

It is important to check the fluids in your vehicle on a regular basis. Checking the fluids also includes inspecting the oil and windshield washer fluid. The liquid should be up to the amount indicated by each reservoir or the amount recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual. Ensuring that the fluids are at the adequate amount can help to prevent issues when you travel. Low oil levels can do damage to the engine as it operates.


The Oil


Check the oil of your vehicle on a regular basis. By checking the dipstick, you will know how much is in the reservoir. If the oil is low, make sure to add the appropriate amount so you will have enough oil for your vehicle to operate efficiently. It is also recommended that you carry extra quarts of oil in your vehicle, incase the low oil light comes on at an inconvenient time. Also make sure to have oil changes done as recommended by the vehicle manual. This can help to ensure clean oil is lubricating the engine.


Check the Transmission fluid


Along with checking the oil for your vehicle, make sure to check the transmission fluid regularly. Reading the dipstick that is located near the fill line of the reservoir is an effective way to tell the amount that is there. The transmission fluid should be clean and free of any debris or contaminants that may be there. If you feel there is an issue with the transmission of your vehicle, make sure to bring it in. We can inspect the transmission and the fluid of the vehicle. If the transmission fluid needs to be changed or more needs to be added, we can do so. Keeping the transmission fluid in a clean condition can help prevent any premature wear or damage to the transmission itself.


Don’t forget about the Brake Fluid


If the brake fluid is low, make sure to bring it in to a professional to have them inspect it. This is because brake fluid can draw in moisture from the air and could cause contamination to the system. Having a specialist to it can help ensure the vehicle will be checked properly and any issue can be identified. You should not have to add any brake fluid to the system unless there is an issue. The issue could be a leak in the brake line or if the brakes need to be replaced. If brake fluid needs to be added frequently, there could be a major leak somewhere in the brake line. Bring the vehicle in and bring it to our attention so the issue can be resolved. Most new vehicles have a sensor built into the brake system that will let you know if the brakes need work done. This light is activated by the amount of fluid in the reservoir. The brakes are one of the most important parts for your vehicle, so you will want them to be in efficient working condition as you drive. Good brakes can provide you and your passengers with a safe and reliable ride.