Checking the fluids of the car is very important indeed as not only does it make you more comfortable about the journey to come, it also gives you satisfaction as well as a feeling of accomplishment. Fluid level as well as fluid conditions need to be checked on a regular basis as both of these markers can help you in early diagnosis of an arising problem. Whether it is a simple car air-conditioning service or all-round maintenance – checking fluids should be added as a routine activity before servicing.
Preparing to check the fluids
To start with checking the fluids, you first need to park the car on a level surface and then apply the hand brake. After you are all set, prepare the supplies to get started. This will include having rugs, cloths, funnels and catch panels aside.
Checking the engine oil (with dipstick)
- First remove the dipstick. You will have to locate and remove the dipstick that is situated under the hood.
- Using a rag cloth, clean of any residual oil that might be dripping from the dipstick.
- Now after the dipstick has been completely cleaned, put it back inside all the way to the bottom and then remove it again.
- Now place the dipstick over a rag and then hold it in horizontal position to check the level of the engine oil.
Checking coolant level
Instead of opening the cap of the radiator, we would advise you to check whether the liquid reaches the “full” line as marked on the coolant reservoir. If there is any leakage or extra usage, you can ask for immediate assistance with a car air-conditioning service.
Check the brake fluid
Checking the brake fluid is crucial to make sure that the vehicle is not losing it or consuming more than it should. It comes as a precautionary step to rule out any leaks in the vehicle’s system. Here is how you can check the brake fluid:
- First, use the car’s manual to locate the reservoir for brake fluid.
- Next, use the rug cloth to clean the reservoir, especially if you have a plastic one.
- You will clearly see the brake fluid level which should lie below the maximum line.
- Don’t forget to examine the fluid for solid sludge.
So, whether you are going for a car air conditioning service or a routine inspection, know your car fluid levels or get them checked regularly!