Essential Fluids in Your Car
How to Check the Essential Fluids in Your Car
One of the easiest and most important parts of car maintenance is regularly checking and topping up fluids. Checking the fluids keeping them topped up is essential to keep your car running smoothly Fluids play a huge role in almost every facet of your car, including fuel economy and longevity. Keeping them at the proper level will help your car last longer and drive better, something we can all get behind.
Before you check your fluids, make sure your car is parked on level ground and ensure that the engine is cold and not running. We recommend at least 15 minutes after driving, but the longer the better.
Also, remember that all engines are different, so if you can’t see the reservoir straight away, check the owner’s manual.
After fuel (unless you have a fancy EV), oil is your car's most important fluid The car engine consists of moving parts that come into contact with each other and motor oil acts to reduce the effect of friction and lower the rate of wear and tear.
Checking and Topping up
Ensure the car is turned off and stationary for a minimum of 10 minutes.Remove the dipstick wiping all the oil away with a clean, lint-free cloth.Replace the dipstick and remove to check the reading.The dipstick is marked with maximum and minimum indicators that show how much oil is in your engine. The oil on the dipstick should be near maximum.
Coolant or antifreeze is essential as it stops the engine overheating Warning: Never check your coolant while the engine is hot. The process to check coolant varies from car to car but most cars have a coolant reservoir that have minimum and maximum levels marked on the side, this means that you can simply have a look to see if it is between the ideal levels
The importance of your car's brakes needs no explanation. To check, all you need to do is unscrew it and have a look inside, like with other fluids, make sure the level falls between the minimum and maximum indicators If the fluid level is low, just top it up
Power steering fluid
Modern cars have upgraded to power steering to make manoeuvring easy The fluid can reduce naturally over time, more so if there is a leak in the system. There is a dipstick for this fluid under the bonnet so you can check and top up as needed.
Windshield Washer Fluid
Although windscreen wash won’t affect your car's performance it is still essential to clean your windscreen and help you see clearly, if you can't see where you're going, you won't get very far. Fortunately, it's the easiest fluid to maintain. Simply pour the fluid into the reservoir until it's full, close the cap, and be on your way.
The transmission fluid or oil is there to protect the gears inside the gearbox. It will help keeping the gears running smoothly and enables you to change gear smoothly. If you experience any transmission issues, check the fluid first. Some cars have a dipstick, however others require a professional mechanic to inspect the fluid condition.