It’s fun to drive your car when it’s running properly. Smooth acceleration, brakes that work the way they should and so on. Do you ever think about the fluids that go into your car that make that happen? If you’re being honest with yourself the answer is “not really.” The fluids in your car play a large part in the way it runs and keep your car on the road so you can get where you need to go. Citywide Towing Service outlines them below.
6 Fluids Every Driver Should Check Regularly
1. Engine oil. The oil in your car is probably the most important fluid in it. It needs to be changed every 5,000 miles or as suggested by the owner’s manual. You need to turn your car off before you check and wait at least 10 minutes so it can cool down. You can locate the oil dipstick near the front of the engine. Pull it out and wipe it with a clean cloth. Then you will replace it and pull it out again. The oil level needs to be somewhere between the FULL and LOW markings.
2. Coolant. You also need to make sure your car is off and cool to the touch before you check the coolant. The tank the coolant is in is usually translucent. That makes it easy for you to take a look at the markings on the side of it to see where the level is at.
3. Transmission fluid. Many newer cars don’t have a dipstick to check the transmission fluid and you will need to have it checked by a mechanic. If your car does have one you will keep the car running and in park to check. The same steps need to ne taken as you did with the engine oil. only you will be paying attention to the color as well as the level. The color should be pink, red or light brown. You also need to have your transmission fluid replaced every 30,000-60,000 miles.
4. Brake fluid. This fluid also needs to be checked by a mechanic. The master cylinder reservoir will be located and checked to see if the brake fluid levels are low. You also need to have your brake fluid replaced every 45,000 miles.
5. Power steering fluid. The power steering fluid needs to be kept at the right level if you enjoy smooth, easy steering. The reservoir that holds the power steering fluid can usually be found under the hood with the word “Steering” embossed on the top. Many of today’s cars have a heavy-duty plastic reservoir that you can wipe off to check.
6. Wiper fluid. Turn your car of and allow it to cool down. This container is also translucent so you can tell right away if you need to add more. Make sure it’s topped off to ensure you will always be able to see when you’re driving.
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