What Fluids Do You Need To Keep Checking In Your Vehicle?


There are six fluids in your car that you should check regularly.

They are engine oil, power steering fluid, coolant, transmission fluid in an automatic transmission vehicle, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid. 

Checking them will help you ensure proper functionality and longevity of the vehicle.

Create a plan and be alert for subtle signs like vibrations, unusual noises, or odors.

Also, there are many DIY auto repair tips you can follow to save money.

What Is The Importance Of Vehicle Fluids?

Maintaining appropriate fluid levels increases longevity and fuel economy in your car's functionality. 

As engine oil keeps the engine components lubricated to run in a smooth motion without any friction, it spins about thousands of repetitions per minute. 

Coolant keeps the engine cool in a hot climate and preserves it in cold weather. It even stops deposition, corrosion, and foam from decreasing the cooling ability. 

The power steering fluid creates an ease to smooth steering movability. 

Brake fluid helps slow down the car as when you step on a brake pedal, and the plunger pressurizes brake fluid in brake lines that cause the brake pads to clamp rotors.

Transmission fluid helps in lubricating and cools down the transmission parts like clutches, gears, and valves. 

A clean windshield is essential for driving safely, and windshield washer fluid helps the driver keep a clean windshield.

When Should You Check The Level Of Fluid?

It is best if you change the oil after every 3,000 miles or 5,000 miles, if you use synthetic oil. Also, you must check other fluids at the same time. 

If you schedule an oil change at A&G Customs, they will check all fluids and other maintenance aspects while your vehicle is at the shop. 

If you are wondering, how can you check all fluid levels by yourself?

Then always begin by parking your vehicle at ground level and ensure that the engine is cold.

When you check while the engine is hot, you will get inaccurate results, and the coolant might spray when hot, causing burns.

You can check the brake fluid and power steering periodically when you have parked the vehicle. 

Check the transmission fluid when the vehicle is parked or at neutral, to be specific.  

Usually, the transmissions have a lifetime fluid that doesn't require any replacement. Still, you should keep a periodic check to obtain the proper transmission function. 

The windshield washer fluid should keep it in check periodically. 

How To Locate And Identify The Fluids In Your Vehicle Under The Hood?

1. Engine Oil

Its dipstick is located around the engine's front in a front-wheel-drive vehicle or the rear in a rear-wheel-drive car. 

You will find a cap with an oil image or the type of oil listed or engine oil written on it.  

Pull out the dipstick to wipe it clean with a rag or towel. 

Then you should reinsert it to the bottom and pull it back again to see the level of oil on the stick.  

There are markings on the dipstick indicating maximum and minimum levels. The term maximum implies it is full and minimum means it needs a refill. 

The amber or yellow color of engine oil indicates its new, and if it is brown or black, it's time to change it.  

Odour is another indication, especially when you smell burning oil or gasoline, then schedule an appointment with us to get it checked. 

2. Coolant

You can find the radiator cap under the engine coolant or antifreeze symbol.

You need to open the cap to check the fluid levels at the top. 

The coolant comes in several colors depending on the different models and manufacturers like red, blue, pink, yellow, purple, or green.

You should never mix the type of coolant and replace them only with the same antifreeze type as per your vehicle's manual recommendation. 

On a hot summer day in an emergency, you can pour water straight into the coolant reservoir till you purchase more coolant.

The water freezes in winter and doesn't provide the same benefits as deposit, corrosion, or foam prevention as antifreeze.

3. Power Steering Fluid

You can find the power steering fluid under the hood with a power steering label or a reservoir cap, or a dipstick in the engine bay. 

Check the dipstick for power steering fluid like checking engine oil dipstick. 

The power steering fluid is pink or white wine color.
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4. Brake Fluid

You can find the cap of brake fluid by identifying the label with brake fluid text on it.  

You can also inspect the brake fluid reservoir in your car under the hood by only taking its cap off and looking at the color and level.  

Brake fluid is located near the top and is in amber or white wine color. 

5. Transmission Fluid

In the transmission fluid case, you might not find a dipstick and need to take it to a mechanic to get it inspected.  

If you have a dipstick, then you need to follow the same process as above to check the level of fluid as the engine oil.

It depends on the manufacturer if you need to keep the engine running or in neutral or after parking it.  

It is generally in red or translucent or amber color.

6. Windshield Washer Fluid

It comes in red, blue, green, or orange color.

Windshield washer fluid is the most easily identifiable under the hood. 

You can locate the cap with a symbol or an image or text to the left. 

In case the fluid level is not near the top, you can pour new washer fluid and then close the cap after the reservoir is full. 

Final Words

In case you suspect a problem in your vehicle or driveability concerns, then get your vehicle fluids checked. 

A&G Customs checks thoroughly brake fluid, engine oil, windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant.

They efficiently handle all kinds of auto body repair in Doylestown aptly and at an inexpensive cost. 

You can book an appointment by visiting us or calling us at 215-669-3072.