Checking a Cars Fluid Levels

If certain fluid levels go unchecked, it could end up costing the car owner thousands of dollars in repair costs. As part of a routine inspection, certain fluids should be checked to ensure that mechanical car components are kept in top operating condition.

The car owner can easily check many fluid levels while a car is at the filling station. Read on to learn how simple it is to check a cars vital fluid levels. One should also check the water of battery and nowadays the most used batteries are auto batteries and no doubt the trend of using auto battery in Gold Coast is becoming very common.

How to Check Engine Oil Level

Before checking the engine oil level, ensure that the vehicle is parked on level ground. It doesn’t make a difference if the engine is hot or cold. Most cars and truck use a metal stick commonly known as a dipstick. The actual dipstick will have two marks towards the bottom of the stick. If the oil is at the correct level, oil should be present between the two marks. .

Instructions

 

  1. turn the engine off
  2. put in park (automatic) or first gear (manual trans)
  3. set the parking brake
  4. pull the dipstick from the tube
  5. wipe off oil on dipstick with a clean rag
  6. insert dipstick back into tube
  7. pull the dipstick from the tube again
  8. ensure oil is between the two marks
  9. add engine oil if necessary

Checking the Automatic Transmission Fluid Level

In most instances, checking the automatic transmission fluid level should be done while the engine is running and when the engine is hot. The transmission fluid level indicator is generally just like the engine dipstick, having two marks at the bottom of the dipstick. If the fluid level is correct, the fluid should be present between the two marks.

Instructions

  1. put gearshift in park position
  2. set the parking break
  3. the engine should be running
  4. pull the dipstick from the tube
  5. wipe off oil on dipstick with a clean rag
  6. insert dipstick back into tube
  7. pull the dipstick from the tube again
  8. ensure oil is between the two marks
  9. add transmission fluid if necessary

Checking Engine Coolant Level

In days past the radiator cap had to be removed and the coolant level visually checked by looking into the radiator. Most of today’s modern cars and trucks are equipped with a coolant recovery system that incorporates a separate clear plastic recovery bottle.

To check the coolant level there are two marks on the bottle, one for hot level and one for cold level. Since the bottle is clear, the actual level of the coolant can be seen through the bottle. If the coolant level is below the mark when the engine is hot or cold, coolant should be added to the recovery bottle.

Great care should be used when removing the cap from the recovery bottle to add coolant. If the engine is hot, the system is under pressure and hot coolant will spray out when the cap is removed and could cause severe burns to skin and eyes. Coolant should be added only when the engine is completely cold.

Inspecting Brake and Power Steering Fluid Levels

In most cars and trucks brake fluid is stored in a clear plastic reservoir attached to the brake master cylinder. Generally the fluid level can be seen through the plastic reservoir. If the fluid level is low, remove the cap from the reservoir and add the proper brake fluid. Some exceptions will apply to vehicles with a hydro boost braking system.

Power steering fluid is generally stored in a reservoir that can be part of the power steering pump or separate. Most vehicles have a level indicator built into the cap of the reservoir. Simply remove the cap and look at the fluid level on the indicator. Before removing the cap, the engine should be turned off.

Other fluids levels, like rear axles or manual transmissions can be difficult to check and should be checked by a professional during routine vehicle maintenance visits at the local auto shop. When adding fluids, always refer to the owner’s manual for the proper types of fluids and the proper way to check for fluid levels.