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Car Care Tips - What Fluids should I periodically check in my vehicle?
 
To ensure the proper functioning and longevity of your car, you should regularly check and maintain the following fluids:

1. Engine Oil: Check the engine oil level using the dipstick, usually located near the engine. The oil should be at the appropriate level and appear clean and transparent. If it's low or dirty, you should add or change the oil as necessary.

2. Coolant/Antifreeze: Inspect the coolant level in the coolant reservoir when the engine is cool. The coolant should be between the minimum and maximum marks. If it's low, you can add a mixture of coolant and distilled water to the reservoir. Be cautious never to open the coolant reservoir cap when the engine is hot to avoid burns.

3. Brake Fluid: Locate the brake fluid reservoir, typically located near the firewall in the engine bay. The brake fluid level should be within the recommended range. If it's low, you may need to top it up. However, a low brake fluid level could indicate a potential issue with the braking system, so it's advisable to have it checked by a professional.

4. Power Steering Fluid: Some cars have power steering fluid, which helps with steering ease. Check the fluid level in the power steering reservoir (consult your owner's manual for its location). Ensure the level is within the recommended range and add more if necessary.

5. Transmission Fluid: Automatic transmission vehicles have transmission fluid. The dipstick for checking the transmission fluid level is typically located near the back of the engine. Ensure the fluid level is correct and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for fluid changes.

6. Washer Fluid: Check the level of windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and top it up if needed. This fluid is used to clean your windshield, ensuring clear visibility while driving.

Additionally, it's essential to monitor other fluids such as the differential fluid, transfer case fluid (for 4WD/AWD vehicles), and battery electrolyte level (for non-maintenance-free batteries), if applicable. Refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for specific instructions on checking and maintaining these fluids, as well as the recommended intervals for fluid changes.
 

 
 


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