Can Your Car Pass the Fluid Test?

 Your body needs hydration in order to function.

If you don’t get enough fluids, you won’t be able to work at your highest capacity.

The same is true for the health of your vehicle.

It needs the right amount of fluids (and the right kinds) to work the way it’s supposed to.

Let’s take a look at which vehicle fluids you should be paying attention to.

Engine oil
Your car’s oil is probably the most important fluid to monitor.

The old standard was to get an oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles.

Today’s newer vehicles don’t need to have the oil changed quite as often, but it’s best to go by what your owner’s manual suggests.

The coolant is a mixture of water and antifreeze that goes in the radiator.

The tank will usually have markings to let you know when it’s low and to keep you from filling it too full.

It’s recommended that you check your coolant levels twice a year – before summer and before winter.

Transmission fluid
Not only does the level need to be checked but the condition needs to be evaluated, too.

The color should be pink, red, or light brown and should be free of any odor.

If the color is dark brown or smells burnt, it’s time to replace it.

Newer vehicles may require a mechanic to check the levels.

Windshield wiper fluid
You might think that this fluid is one of the least important but, from a safety standpoint, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Whether it’s snow in the winter or grit and grime in the summer, anything that hinders your vision when you’re driving is dangerous.

Brake fluid
If you check your brake fluid and it’s low, all you need to do is top it off.

Most of the time, the reservoir for the brake fluid will be translucent with clear markings for minimum and maximum.

You’ll be able to tell if you have a leak because your brake pedal will feel different or may even go all the way to the floor when you press it.

Keep your vehicle “hydrated”
You can check most of the fluids that keep your car running well.

Remember to see your mechanic when it’s time to have the fluids changed out or any other routine maintenance.

See the folks at Serra Honda for help!
Categories: Parts, Service