Your car needs regular maintenance in order to keep it in top shape. Maintenance includes cleaning and having it serviced by a mechanic at least once a year. Checking your car’s fluid should also be a part of your maintenance routine.

Checking your vehicle’s fluid is quick and easy.  Learn to check your car’s fluid and do it regularly. Performing this simple task will keep your motor running smoothly and reliably. Plus, it will prevent mechanical damage, breakdown and even possible accidents.

Coolant

Coolant consists of antifreeze and water. It keeps water in your car from overheating or boiling in summer and freezing in winter. Before checking the coolant, make sure that the engine has already cooled down. Look for the clear overflow plastic container near the radiator. Fill it up if it’s on the minimum level.

Brake fluid

There are 2 types of brake fluid reservoirs – transparent and metal. If yours is transparent, checking of brake fluid can be done visually. The brake fluid level will normally sit in between the high and low markings. If the brake fluid level is low and continues to drop within the next few weeks, this may indicate a leak in the brake system.

Engine oil

Oil lubricates the various moving parts and inhibits corrosion. It is the life-blood of any combustion engine.

Make sure that the engine is turned off before checking the oil. Open the car’s hood and find the dipstick. Wipe it clean and then insert it back into the pipe. Pull it out once again and pay attention to where the mark left by the oil is. Also, take note of the color of the engine oil. Change your oil if it is dirty or smells of gasoline. To ensure that there is enough oil and it isn’t contaminated, we recommend that you check your car’s oil at least once a month.

Transmission fluid

Transmission fluid lubricates the transmission. Although it is not required to change your transmission fluid as frequently as oil, it needs to be done occasionally. Schedule may vary from cars to cars, so we recommend that you check your user’s manual to be sure. But on average, it is recommend to have your transmission fluid replaced every 100,000 miles. Transmission fluid is reddish in color. If yours appear black, brown or burnt upon inspection, then consider replacing it.

When you check the transmission fluid, make sure that the engine is running and fully warmed up. Depending on the make or model of your vehicle, it should either be in park or neutral.