There are some fluids that are critical to the performance and drivability of your vehicle. You never want your car thirsty because, just like humans, it means it’s already dehydrated. Let’s take a look at the top 5:
Oil: This is what lubricates the moving parts of your engine. The best way to check your oil is to take it out for a short drive and then let it cool off for a few minutes. The dipstick for the oil is usually pretty easy to find. When you pull it out, wipe it off and then put it back in the make sure you can get an accurate read. The stick will be marked where the oil should be and if it’s low, you’ll want to add the right oil for your car. Check your owner’s manual to know for sure. If it is low, you’ll want to find out why. Also take a look at how dirty it is. If it’s low and/or dirty, it’s probably time for a change.
Radiator Fluid: This is the fluid that keeps your car running cool enough to keep you going. When it runs low, you are at risk of your vehicle overheating and then it’s quite possible you’ll have to pull over to the side of the road and either get a tow or fill it up. Either way, you’ll want to have it checked out by professionals to make certain there isn’t a leak. NEVER remove the cap to the radiator fluid when the car is still hot. It’s pressurized and can blow up in your face. When it’s cooled off, carefully open it using a cloth or rag to help you stay safe while checking its level.
Transmission Fluid: Your transmission needs lubrication too. There’s another dipstick under the hood for your transmission fluid. Same as with the oil, clean it off with a rag before pulling back in the reserve tank to get a clean read on truly how much transmission fluid remains. Take a look at how dirty it is too. If it’s dirty or smells burnt, you’ll want to have it changed.
Power Steering Fluid: This is the fluid that helps you to know your car was built after 1951. It may not help you build muscles, but it does help you with parallel parking and tight turns. Power steering fluid helps you control all of your wheels. Most power steering fluid tanks are opaque so it’s easy to see the level. You can usually find the reserve tank on the passenger’s side and it will mostly likely be marked with “steering” to make it even easier to find! You can add the fluid yourself pretty easily, but make sure to check around the reservoir for leaks.
Brake Fluid: Who doesn’t want to stop when needed?! Brake fluid adds power to your braking system so that you can stop when necessary and do it in as timely a manner as possible. You can usually find the brake fluid reservoir near the back of the engine compartment. Use a rag or cloth to clean around the reservoir so no dirt can get in and create a dangerous situation for you. All it takes is a little debris to get in the line and keep your vehicle from being able to stop.
At Rusty’s Garage, we want to partner with you to get the most out of your vehicle’s performance and longevity. Our number one priority is helping you stay safe and that’s why it’s important to keep all of these fluids properly filled and clean. Making sure all of your fluids are at peak performance levels, along with the other important ongoing regular maintenance needs, means you absolutely will get the most out of your car! Our team looks forward to working with you! Schedule your appointment today. We're located at 25143 Melda Road, Building B, in Spring, TX, 77380 and are open from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday - Friday.