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Fluids in the Vehicle you should be Aware of

by | Aug 5, 2015 | Auto Repair, Fuel Efficiency, Oil Change, Safe Driving Tips

If you are like most drivers, you probably do not think about what is under your vehicle’s hood until something is wrong. Often problems can be caught in advance if you stay up on your car maintenance schedule to make sure everything is running smoothly. Perhaps the most important things to check are your fluid levels. If you are not sure how full each one should be, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the fluid levels for you.

How the Fluid Levels benefit the Engine

There are some helpful tips to make sure your fluids are keeping your engine working like a smooth machine should. The best way to locate these fluid receptacles is by using your manual, as many automobile engines a just a bit different. You can also bring the vehicle in so we can inspect and change any fluid that would need it.

The Motor Oil is Important

This oil helps to keep your engine cool, rust-free and moving smoothly. Once your car has cooled for about an hour, check the color and levels of the oil. You want the oil to be a clear, golden color and between the two notches on the dipstick. If the oil is very dark or low, it is time for an oil change.

Check the Transmission Fluid in the Vehicle

Like motor oil, this fluid keeps your gears cool and helps them shift smoothly. The fluid should be a reddish color and, again, the levels should be between the two notches on the dipstick. Your transmission should not need to be changed too frequently, but consult your manual to see the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Brake Fluid is Important

This fluid is very important because without it you will not be able to stop. The yellow color of the fluid should be visible through its container, but you may need to wipe away some of the dirt and grime to check its level. If it is very low get to your mechanic quickly as you likely have a leak in one of your lines. This way we can repair the problem so your vehicle is safe and reliable once again.

The Power Steering Fluid

Similar to other fluids, power steering fluid helps to lubricate the steering gear and makes it easier to turn the wheel. You can check the levels the same way you did your brake fluid and simply add more if needed.

The Washer Fluid

Last, but certainly not least, is your washer fluid. This is probably the only fluid that people commonly check as it is the one you use most frequently. Some people use just plain water, but the problem is it can boil and freeze and cause major damage. If this describes you, you will want to replace it with the appropriate fluid, one that has antifreeze in it. Most also contain ingredients to help clear dead bugs off your windshield too, improving your visibility when you drive.