Fluid checks in car care

As we continue on our journey of showing some love to our vehicles this February, we delve into a crucial aspect of car maintenance: checking fluid levels. Just like our bodies need proper hydration to function optimally, our cars rely on various fluids to keep them running smoothly on the road.

We will focus on three essential fluids: engine oil, coolant, and brake fluid.

Engine oil – the lifeblood of your car’s engine. It’s essential to check your engine oil regularly, ideally every month or before embarking on a long journey. To check the oil level, simply locate the dipstick, pull it out, wipe it clean, reinsert it, and then pull it out again to see where the oil level sits. The correct oil level should fall between the minimum and maximum markers on the dipstick. If it’s below the minimum mark, it’s time to top it up with the recommended grade of oil for your vehicle. Alternatively, you could get your oil checked the next time you’re fuelling at a petrol station. The attendants will check it and advise as needed.

There are a few things to note when checking the oil to determine whether or not you need to top up. When measuring the level of oil in the morning before the engine runs, the right level should be in between the minimum and maximum markers on the dipstick. If the level is at minimum in the morning, that is an indication that you need to top up.

When checking the oil after the vehicle runs, the level of oil should be between half and the maximum mark. Anything lower indicates that you should top up as the level of oil generally goes up after the engine runs.

For accurate readings, check the oil when the vehicle is on level ground.

Next up is the coolant, which plays a vital role in regulating your engine’s temperature, especially during hot months. Checking your coolant level is equally important, and you should aim to do it every month or so. Before opening the coolant reservoir cap, make sure the engine is cool to avoid any risk of burns. The coolant level should typically be between the minimum and maximum marks on the reservoir. If it’s below the minimum mark, add coolant as per your car manufacturer’s recommendations.

Last is the brake fluid – the hydraulic fluid responsible for transferring force from the brake pedal to the brake pads, enabling you to stop safely. Checking your brake fluid level should be part of your routine maintenance checks, and it’s recommended to do so every few months. Locate the brake fluid reservoir under the hood and ensure the level falls within the designated range. If it’s low, it could indicate a leak or worn brake pads, so it’s crucial to address any issues promptly.

Checking your vehicle’s fluid levels regularly is a simple yet effective way to ensure its longevity and reliability on the road. By keeping an eye on your engine oil, coolant, and brake fluid levels and topping them up as necessary, you’re not only showing love to your car but also safeguarding your safety and the safety of others on the road. So, take a few moments this February to give your car the attention it deserves – after all, it’s the little gestures that make a big difference in ensuring smooth rides ahead.

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