A large part of taking care of a car has to do with preventative maintenance. The more that you maintain your car (before there’s a big problem), the longer your car will stay running smoothly and in good shape. One of the easiest things that you can do to ensure that your car runs without a problem is to check the fluids inside of your car. When it comes to most cars (aside from some foreign models), you can check the fluids by yourself.
Here’s how to do it.
Coolant: the name of this fluid pretty much gives away what the job of the fluid is. Coolant exists in order to cool down your car, and without coolant your car will overheat. Checking your coolant is as simple as removing the radiator cap (located under the hood of your car near your engine), and checking that the coolant reaches the indicator line (you will see this line inside of the coolant container). If you need more coolant, simply fill it up. Typically, it’s a good idea to check the coolant at the start of every season.
Your Engine Oil: this is one of the fluids that most people know how to check, but if you’ve never learned how to check your engine oil you are in luck. Engine oil can be found under the hood. Just look for the cap labeled “oil” or look for a symbol of an oil can. Remove the cap, which will also remove the dipstick. Wipe the oil from the stick and repeat this process one more time. Then, look at the amount of oil on the stick to see whether or not you need more oil. If you need more oil, simply add some to the container (but make sure it’s the right kind of oil for your car – you can find this information by looking at your car’s manual).
Different cars have different fluids, so it’s important to bring your car to a car repair garage with mechanics that understand how your car functions. Other oils that should be checked regularly include your power steering fluid, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Some of these fluids are part of the the interior of your car and shouldn’t ever really be low. But sometimes a fluid that shouldn’t be low can be low, and that means that you might be in trouble when driving your car.
What can you do to make sure that your fluids are all topped off and running smoothly? The best way to ensure that you car is without any problems is to bring it into a trusted mechanic at the start of every season for a complete inspection. During an inspection, every inch of your car will be examined including the fluids inside of your car. If you suspect that a fluid might be low before it’s time for that scheduled maintenance check, call Fort Collins Foreign Car Service to schedule an appointment. At no time should your car be without any essential fluid.
Windshield Washer Fluid Is Important Too!
While some people don’t consider the fluid that washes your windshield to be that important, it never hurts to fill up this fluid so that you can safely drive in any condition. Have you ever pressed the spray button inside of your car only to hear an empty sound? You don’t have to get to this point if you simply fill up all of your fluids regularly – and you can carry windshield washer fluid in your trunk just in case.
It doesn’t take a lot to make sure that your fluids are in good shape, but your life will be simpler if you book an appointment with us today for a thorough inspection. Call today to book!