Vehicle Fluid Replacement
Understanding the Need for Vehicle Fluid Replacement
A car relies on a lot of different fluids in order to run smoothly and these materials need to be changed at regular intervals in order to keep the vehicle operating at peak efficiency. The simplest course of action here is to comprise a calendar detailing all of the necessary standard maintenance work in order to keep track of them more easily. Even so, it would still be a good idea to check on the fluids manually every once in a while. In order to do this, the car should be parked on a flat, even surface in order to get the most accurate readings. Simply put the handbrake on, pop the hood and afterwards you can easily check on all the fluids of the vehicle.
- Motor oil. The oil shouldn't be checked immediately after the car was in use. It is best to let the engine cool first for a few hours in order to get an accurate reading. To do this, simply insert the dipstick into the opening in the engine. It will have markings which allow you to easily tell if the oil is at recommended levels or if it is time to change it. This is also a good time to check on the color of the oil. If it is clean, it should be golden and clear. If it is black or brown, it needs to be changed
- Transmission fluid. The process here is the same, using a dipstick with markings. However, in this case, the engine should be running, the car warmed up and put in Neutral. As before, the color should be clear and light brown. A darker tone suggests it might be time to change the fluid.
- Brake fluid. The exact location of the tank will differ from car to car, but it is still easy to check. Some tanks are clear white and you can see the brake fluid levels right through them. If yours is not, simply take off the cap and look inside. The outside of the tank should make markings depicting the recommended level of fluid. The brake fluid is not consumed while driving so lower levels than expected could indicate a leak in the system.
- Coolant. This is another check that must be performed with the engine cooled down. The position of the reservoir will vary, but it will be somewhere close to the radiator. Again, the markings are pretty easy to see so if the levels are below recommended, you need to add more antifreeze.