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Automobile Basics: The Seven Fluid Levels

Updated on February 27, 2017

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Oil Fluid Level

The oil level is the most important fluid level because, a major oil leak can lead most definitely lead to a ruined motor. Pull the dip stick out and wipe the excess oil off using a paper towel. Put the stick back in it's chamber and count to three seconds rather slowly and then pull it back out. The oil should be at the full line but, if it is not simply add the correct amount of oil but, be sure to never over fill or it could blow a gasket.

Check the oil while the car is sitting on a level surface so that you get an accurate reading. Be careful with oil as it stains clothing easily. Also, wash your hands ASAP. If you need to add some oil, look for the specific area to add it to and add slowly. Recheck the oil level after adding the oil, once again, to make sure it is not overfilled with oil.

Checking The Oil is Vital

When checking car oil use a cloth or paper towel to wipe the dip stick clean before checking the fluid level. Do not over fill the oil no matter what.
When checking car oil use a cloth or paper towel to wipe the dip stick clean before checking the fluid level. Do not over fill the oil no matter what. | Source

Transmission Fluid Level

Next to the oil, the transmission fluid level is the most important. If a leak occurs, it must be sealed quickly in order to save the transmission from disaster. Rarely does fluid need added unless your changing transmission fluid and the filter. The fluid should always have a red tint to it. If it's ever pure black then it's time to change the fluid out. Do not overfill the transmission fluid but, at the same time never let it get low. Remember along with the engine a transmission is the most expensive item under the hood. Wipe an old rag around the cap so it doesn't leak when being topped off.

* Keep it clean under the hood. Wipe engine gunk away using a cloth and if you have it use engine cleaner as it will clean engine parts and make it look clean and shiny under the hood.

Checking The Transmission Fluid Level is Important

The Tansmkssion fluid stick is located close by and behind the oil stick. Check it by wiping the dip stick off and replacing it. Then pull the stick back out and make sure the fluid is at the fill line.
The Tansmkssion fluid stick is located close by and behind the oil stick. Check it by wiping the dip stick off and replacing it. Then pull the stick back out and make sure the fluid is at the fill line. | Source

Check The Power Steering Fluid is Simple

The power steering fluid cap should be labeled so it's easy to know where to pour the fluid. Always use the right fluid for the right vehicle.
The power steering fluid cap should be labeled so it's easy to know where to pour the fluid. Always use the right fluid for the right vehicle. | Source

Power Steering Fluid Level

Failure to keep the Power Steering level filled can result in a damaged power steering column which will make it very hard to steer the vehicle. Just take the cap off and you will see a fill line. Just add the needed amount and replace the cap tightly.

It's very easy checking and filling this particular fluid. Be sure that the correct power steering fluid is used for your model Aiutomoboile. This fluid does not use up quickly and should only need filled once or twice in a year.

How To Check The Radiator Coolant Level

Radiator Coolant Fluid Level

Always keep up with the radiator coolant level to help ensure the automobile does not overheat. Always check the thermostat also when applicable. When checking the radiator make sure the car is turned off and has been sitting at least 30 minutes to avoid possible serious energy. Finally, turn the cap using an old rag and slowly remove the cap to ensure it's not ready to spew over.

If checked when the car is still hot the radiator coolant could be hot and bubbling. Do not take the cap off at this time as it can explode onto your face and cause Serious bodily injury.


How To Check Fluid Levels in a Car

Checking The Break Fluid is Easy

The clear plastic box that holds the break fluid has a. Minimum and maximum line for filling the fluid.
The clear plastic box that holds the break fluid has a. Minimum and maximum line for filling the fluid. | Source

Brake Fluid Level

Always maintain the brake fluid to an optimal level because if you don't the brakes performance can suffer. The cap should be marked so that the correct port gets the brake fluid. Pour it slowly to allow it to filter through and stop when it stays at the full line. Brake fluid neglect can lead to rubbing break pads and other break issues. Remember to use Dot 3 or whatever the particular automobile requires.

Still it's important to have the breaks checked every six months in any vehicle to make sure they are working properly. It's better safe than sorry.

* Please share your thoughts on the fluid levels and any stories you may have about changing oil in the comments capsule at the bottom of this page.

Automobile Safety Features

Emergency Break
Seat Belts
Air Bags
Warning Lights on Dashboard
Breaks
Blinkers
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four safety features on cars that helps to protect the lives of people.

Windshield Washer Fluid

The least important of all the vehicle's fluid levels, washer fluid is still worth keeping filled. It helps keep the window clean. If you ever run out of Windshield Washer fluid you can substitute water or at least mix water with the empty bottle and then pour it in the car.

This fluid helps get rid of dirt, bird crap and it just makes the windshield look more clean.

Battery Fluid Level

Some batteries do not require checking but for the ones that do it's easy as pie to check and fill. Also if the battery starts to get corrosion on the cables or connectors use this trick. Pour half a can of coca cola all over it. Seriously it works. The acid from the drink eats away the corrosion which let's the batteries amps get full power.

Pop the plastic, rectangular pieces open on the battery using a flat head screwdriver. If you see it's empty then pour water I'm it and pop the pieces back in place. On the other hand you can usually exchange old batteries for new ones and get a pro rated price which makes the new battery cheaper.

* It's a smart idea to replace your battery every year but either way jumper cables are a must have item for the trunk. If the car doesn't start they can be used to jump the battery off.


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