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How to Inspect Your Vehicle Fluids?

You should do certain maintenance procedures at home to ensure that your vehicle is in good health, such as checking its various fluids. From time to time, these essential fluids need to be drained, flushed, and topped off to ensure they aren't losing their properties to do their job. It's also essential to inspect fluids regularly to ensure they are at an adequate level. An abnormally low level of fluid can also mean there's a leak within your vehicle. Let's go in-depth on how to check the different fluids in your automobile.


Engine Oil

To check your motor oil, you need to shut the engine off and wait a few minutes for the car to cool down. Open the hood to locate the yellow oil dipstick. You'll need a cloth or rag to wipe off the oil before reinserting it again into the tank. Remove the dipstick once again to read the oil level, as indicated by markings on the dipstick. You should check the oil for its level, color, and consistency. Clean engine oil should be a light, golden brown color and free of contaminants. If it looks dark and watery, then it may be time for an oil change.

Transmission Fluid

To check your transmission fluid, you need to keep the engine running and find the underhood dipstick. The process is exactly like the steps mentioned above for inspecting engine oil. Keep in mind; some cars do not have transmission fluid dipsticks. If that is the case, then you should have it inspected by a professional.

Brake Fluid

The brake fluid reservoir is generally placed on the firewall and features markings. If it is low, you will want to visit a mechanic for further assistance. The last thing you'd want is to put the wrong type of brake fluid in your car. The solution should be free of contaminants.

Power Steering Fluid

To examine the power steering fluid, you will want to find the reservoir under the hood with a cap that has a power steering symbol. Often, the cap for this has a built-in dipstick. The power steering fluid should also be free of debris and other contaminants.


Before you begin checking the coolant, you will most definitely need your car to cool down first. Most coolant tanks are transparent and have Min and Max markings to tell you whether you need to add more. 


If you need assistance on fluid maintenance, please do not hesitate to reach out to Crompton's Auto Care!

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