Oil and Fluids


What is with those different colors?

Vehicles' fluids usually perform two functions, lubricating and cleaning, as the fluid circulates through the different parts. Over time they gather the dirt and metal shavings that accumulate. If you are lucky, this debris will settle on the bottom of the pan or housing and not circulate through the system. Nothing prolongs vehicle life more than regular fluid changes.

1. Oil

Your engine has to have oil to keep the moving parts lubricated. To Check the Oil first pop the hood, and the dipstick of the oil tank should be pretty easy to find. Pull out the dipstick, and wipe it down with a cloth or towel, and the put it back in. Pull it back out and you can see what the actual oil level is. If it seems low, check the cap or your car manual for the type of oil you should use and then add some yourself. The "3,000 miles or every six months" saying doesn't really apply any more. Instead, check your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendations for changing your engine oil.

2. Radiator Fluid

The radiator fluid is what keeps your engine from running too hott. If you ever run low on coolant, your car's probably going to overheat. Check the Coolant when the engine is cool. The radiator is pressurized during use, so don't remove the cap when the engine is hot. The coolant is inside you radiator which is usualy in the middle front of the engine under the hood. Open it carefully with a rag, If you don't see any fluid at the top, you can add more, but make sure it's the same type.

3. Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid is what keeps the gears on your car moving smoothly. You can check your transmission fluid the same way as your engine oil, except the car should be running when you do it. Unlike your engine oil, transmission fluid is part of a closed system, so it should never be low. If it is, take it into a mechanic. Instead of volume, you're looking at the quality of the fluid. The fluid should be red and not smell burned. If the fluid is brown or smells burnt, it's time to replace it..

4. Power Steering Fluid

Your power steering fluid helps keeps your steering smooth and easy. When the power steering fluid starts to get low, you might feel a "creaking" in the steering wheel or hear some weird sounds. To check the Power Steering Fluid, find the reservoir under the hood. It's usually on the passenger side. Most cars have a white container, and you should be able to see the fluid level without opening the cap. If the fluid is low, you can easily add more yourself. Power steering fluid doesn't usually drop too much, so if it's low, it's worth taking your car into a mechanic or looking for a leak.

5. Brake Fluid

Just like your transmission, your brake fluid is part of a closed system so you shouldn't ever be low on it. Your brake fluid adds power to your braking and keeps you from running into other vehicles. The brake fluid reservoir is usually near the back of the engine compartment. You can usually check the level just by looking at the outside of the container. Look inside to see where the fluid level is. It should be within about a half-inch of the cap. If it isn't, check your manual to see what kind of fluid you should add. Also The fluid should be a golden color. If it's brown, it's time to replace it.


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