To keep your car running smoothly, it is important that you check all the fluids that are in different areas of it regularly. To give you fast and quick access, here are a number of automobile tips that will ensure that you check everything from brake fluid to transmission fluid in a matter of minutes.
How to check transmission fluid
To check your transmission fluid, start your vehicle and leave it running. Ensure the car is in park with the emergency brake on. Proceed to lift the hood and remove the transmission fluid dipstick. Using a rag, wipe down the dipstick and replace it.
After this, remove the transmission fluid dipstick again, and check the level against the markings. If it reads low, see a transmission specialist immediately.
Furthermore, inspect the colour of the transmission fluid, which should be clear and pink. Dark transmission fluid is a sign that your car is due for a transmission fluid change. It is important to note that some vehicles don’t have transmission dipstick and if yours is one, you will need to have a professional check it out.
Checking Your Brake Fluid
While it is recommended to check your brake fluid once a year, your vehicle’s owner’s manual will indicate how often it’s necessary to check it. To change the fluid, locate the brake fluid reservoir. (It’s usually labelled, and can be found on top of the engine.)
Before removing the brake fluid reservoir cap, use an approved aerosol cleaner to remove any particles of dirt around the cap, as contaminating the fluid with particulate could result in expensive damage.
Check the brake fluid level on the dipstick attached to the cap’s underside. If the dipstick indicates the level is low, have your vehicle serviced by a professional as soon as possible.
How to check coolant
Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will indicate how often it’s necessary to check coolant but experts recommend after every 50,000 kilometres or every two years.
The side of the coolant reservoir is marked to indicate the level of coolant inside. If the level reads low, add more of the appropriate coolant mix, or have your vehicle serviced. You should however allow a hot engine to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before attempting to open the radiator cap.