How And When To Check Your Car’s Fluids
A good way to make sure your car is in good working condition is to check your own fluids. It is a simple and inexpensive way of preventing engine damage or wear and save you money on expensive auto repair. Although it is a fairly straightforward process, some knowledge is necessary. Please visit our list of the Top 10 DIY vehicle fixes for more information.
The following are seven fluids you need to pay attention to in order to ensure your car is running properly:
The engine in your car needs to have oil in it in order to keep all of the moving parts well lubricated. Check under the hood to check the oil. The oil tank is usually near you close to the front part of the engine. Pull the dipstick out, wipe it off with a towel or cloth, then into the oil tank all of the way. Then pull it out again and the look to where the oil line is at. The dipstick should have a notch in it to indicate whether the safe oil level is. If it appears to be low, then add some or get an oil change scheduled with a Houston mobile auto mechanic.
At the heart of your vehicle’s cooling system is the radiator. If you run low, then there is the risk that you will overheat while in traffic, and end up on the side of the road stranded. Check the radiator fluid after it has been driven recently, and not when it is cold. The radiator contents are pressurized, so don’t ever remove the cap whenever the engine is running or is hot. The radiator cap is usually in the middle and front of the engine compartment. Use a rag to carefully it open it and look inside of the radiator to see if you can detect the coolant. Get in touch with Mobile Mechanic Houston if you don’t see it close to the top or add some yourself.
Although your engine is not kept running by windshield-washer fluid, it is very useful to make it easier for you to see when you are driving. It is easy to check the washer fluid. There is an opaque washer fluid tank on most cars that are labeled “washer” or “windshield” on the cap. It should be possible for you to see inside of the tank without having to take the cap off. Otherwise, it should twist off, given that the fluid isn’t dangerous or pressurized. If more fluid is needed, don’t simply use water and soap. Make sure to add some washer fluid that has been formulated to be able to handle road grime and bug. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use the window cleaner from home until you are able to get some washer fluid to add.
This fluid is what keeps your car’s transmission lubricated. It can prevent a lot of expensive issues from arising. The other dipstick that is on your engine in addition to the oil one goes to the transmission fluid. To check the level of transmission fluid, first make sure that the parking brake is one and gearshift is in Park or Neutral, and let the engine run. Pull the dipstick out and then tip your index finger in the fluid that is on the dipstick and then rub the transmission fluid in between your thumb and index finger. The color of transmission fluid that is on the dipstick should have a pinkish to almost clear color. If it smells or looks burnt or there are any particles in it then have the fluid drained and changed by Mobile Mechanic Houston.
Air Conditioning Coolant
Whenever the weather gets warm, you should check the coolant (which is also referred to as Freon or refrigerant) level inside of your air conditioning system to ensure it is sufficient. Checking the fluid can be somewhat complex, so you can always ask Mobile Mechanic Houston to help you with it. Before you get started, you need to go to an auto parts store and to get the right thermometer and A.C. gauge. If your coolant level is too low, the system can easily be recharged with supplies that you get from an auto parts store.
In order to check the brake fluid in your car, the first thing you need to do is locate the reservoir. Where it is located will depend on the kind of car that you own. Usually, the brake fluid reservoir is close to the back part of the engine compartment. Before opening the tank clean the outside off, since any dirt inside the fluid can be harmful to the system. To open up the reservoir use a screwdriver to pry the clamp off that might be holding it down or unscrew the cap. Look inside to check the fluid level. It should be close to around half-inch of the cap. If not, then consult your manual to find out what type of fluid needs to be added. Check the color of your brake fluid as well- if it is a dark color, then have it replaced by a mechanic.
Power Steering Fluid
A squealing or whining noise whenever the wheels are turning might indicate that you have low power steering fluid. This what keeps the power steering on your car working through keeping it lubricated, and it adds power to your ability for controlling the wheels of your car. In order to check the level of power steering fluid, locate the reservoir underneath the hood. Using it is on the passenger side of the car. It should be close to the belts and most likely the cap will say “steering” on it. There is opaque substance contained on most cars, so the fluid level should be visible without needing to open the cap. Or if you do need to open it, first clean the outside with a cloth to keep dirt from getting inside of the system. Then open the cap and check the dipstick like you would an oil tank. If you have a low level of fluid you can either add more on your own or get a Houston mobile auto mechanic to do it for you. Also, check to make sure there isn’t a leak around the reservoir.