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Checking your vehicle's fluids

It is important for everyone to know and monitor the fluids that make your vehicle operable. People may wonder how often do I need to check the fluids? Or how do I check the fluid levels? What fluids are necessary for my vehicle to function properly?


Your vehicle has windshield washer fluid which is a generally a blue liquid, most people use their washers on a regular basis, but that is not a fluid which needs constant monitoring.


You then have the motor oil. Your vehicle has a dipstick generally on the side of a motor that indicates the level. If you have too much or too little oil your vehicle will give you indications that something is not right. The schedule of your oil change is based on the type of oil you are using. With a synthetic blend, or full synthetic your vehicle can go longer without having the oil changed. The only thing to remember with using those is once you start using them, you can not go back to regular oil.(If you know you are leaking oil check it at least on a every-other day or every-other week schedule depending on the leak.)


Transmission fluid is another important fluid that should be checked on a regular basis, at least once a month. The transmission fluid needs to be checked when the vehicle is warmed up. With some vehicles you will not be able to check the transmission fluid level yourself. In most cases though, you will have a dipstick similar to the engine oil dipstick. Once again the stick will read where the level needs to be. All vehicles do not take the same type of transmission fluid, the type of fluid is based on the type of vehicle you drive, check your manual for specifications.


Brake fluid is generally a small container that is on the side of the motor a bit away from the engine. It typically has a red or black top. That should be checked every other month.


Anti-freeze/ Coolant keeps the vehicle from overheating. That should be checked at least once a month. The type of coolant your vehicle requires varies as well. The type of coolant your vehicle requires may be listed on the radiator cap. Your vehicle has a container that holds extra coolant. It should have a fill line so you do not overfill. Keep in mind if you remove the radiator cap make sure that the vehicle is cool. If you open when hot the built up pressure will push the radiator cap and release any fluid that was in the radiator and pose a safety hazard.


We hope that this article helps you. This information relates to typical vehicles. Some manufacturers may have other or less common fluid types. And, as always, follow your manufacturer’s vehicle specifications.


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