You rely on your car mechanic to take care of your vehicle when something goes wrong, but it’s important for you to know what’s going on under the hood so that you can avoid costly repairs and the headaches that come with not having a working car. While you know that a flat tire or warning lights on your dashboard mean that something’s wrong, you may not know that deviations in the fluid levels in some of the important systems in your vehicle can signal, or be the cause of, trouble ahead. Here’s what you need to know about checking your car’s fluids:
How To Check Your Engine Oil
Oil dipstick handles are usually yellow and are located on the side of the engine. Wait until the car engine is cool to check the oil level. Pull the dipstick out and wipe it with a clean rag or paper towel; then completely reinsert the dipstick and pull it out. You’ll see the oil level between two lines near the tip of the stick. If the level is below the bottom line, then you should add oil. If it’s between the two lines, then your oil level is fine. Make sure to check your oil regularly, especially if you drive a lot.
How To Check Your Transmission Fluid
If your car has a transmission oil dipstick, it will be toward the back of the engine, near the firewall. Unlike engine oil, transmission fluid should be checked while the car is running. Again, make sure the level is between the two lines on the dipstick. If the level is low, you should take your car to your mechanic so that he can add fluid for you.
How To Check Your Brake Fluid
The brake fluid reservoir is usually a small, rectangular container on the driver’s side of the car. Check this fluid with the car turned off. Most of the time, these containers are plainly marked with minimum and maximum level lines on the outside. If your container is not, you’ll have to open it and check inside. It’s dangerous to let the brake fluid level get low; it could be an indication that you have a leak in your brake lines or that your brake pads are worn and need replacing.
How To Check Your Coolant
Your coolant is usually in a large, light-colored, plastic reservoir in one corner of the engine compartment with a hose running from it to the radiator. These containers are clearly marked on the outside with fill lines. This keeps you from opening the radiator cap, which can be extremely dangerous if your car is hot. If your coolant is low, you probably have a leak that will need to be fixed by a mechanic. If you have coolant available, open the reservoir top to add enough to get you to an automotive repair shop.
To avoid costly vehicle repairs, learn how to check fluid levels. When you need the help of a professional car mechanic, call us at Hughes Automotive in Tyler, TX at (903) 730-6788. You can also visit us online at www.hughesauto.biz to find out more about the complete line of car repair services we offer.
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