There are so many different fluid types inside your vehicle it almost feels like a living thing. As a responsible vehicle owner, it is your job to check whether they these fluid levels are always adequate. The fluids do not last forever, even if it’s not something the engine actively burns. Changing fluids is easy and simple, but so far it is also one of the most important vehicle maintenance tasks that owners ignore. Here is a list of various vehicle fluids you need to regularly check as a vehicle owner:
Chief among all vehicle fluids are car oils. It’s recommended to change this fluid about every 5,000 miles driven. The exactly amount may differ based on the make and model of the vehicle. But all vehicles require this particular oil change. It’s actually something the owner can do by himself or herself without going to a mechanic. Prep the engine first but turning it off and letting it cool. Open the hood and check the engine for a yellow dipstick (or a black or white one in older models). Cover hands and pull it out to check the level of fluid remaining. The markings would indicate whether the fluid level is low or not. If it’s low, immediately pour in new engine oil to keep your vehicle running as smoothly as possible.
Transmission fluid is what keeps the transmission system of your vehicle lubricated. Without it, the transmission can develop serious and very expensive problems. Checking for the transmission fluid is similar to checking the engine oil. Here it’s important to keep in mind that in addition to just checking the level of the fluid, you also need to check for the quality. You can safely touch it, so get a little bit of the fluid on your finger. Rub it on a white paper to see if the fluid is clear or slightly pinkish. If it’s not and if you see burnt debris in it, then you need to go for a complete fluid change.
Power Steering Fluid
The steering wheel rotates properly only because of the power steering fluid. How smoothly you can turn the steering wheel indicates whether it’s well lubricated or not. This fluid is stored in a tiny tank under the hood, not inside the car. Look for a white container and refer to the owner’s manual. The container is slightly transparent so anyone can see the level of fluid inside without having to open the tank. If you can’t see anything, you should open the cap and use a dipstick. But first, do clean a bit around the area where the cap is to prevent dust or debris from getting insider when opening. Then you will be ready to check it and fill if needed.
Finally, the brake fluid. The brake fluid is perhaps the most essential type of fluid an owner should check in their vehicle. It keeps the brakes from screeching and creaking so your vehicle is actually safe to drive. You should be able to locate the reservoir for the brake fluid near the engine compartment. This fluid must be clean as possible, so wipe the tank with a cloth before opening to eliminate the risk of contamination. Check for the level and colour as with transmission fluid.