When it comes to managing your vehicle’s fluid levels, it’s about more than just checking your oil every once in a blue moon. While it seem easy enough, checking your fluids demands a little know-how. We’ve put together a few tips to help maintain vehicle fluid levels!
OIL. Drive your car. Let it sit for about five minutes. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it off. Re-insert it and then remove it slowly. There will be two hash marks on the stick and the oil level should fall between the two. If not, add oil slowly and check it often. Adding too much creates problems of its own.
BRAKES. Your brake fluid is a closed system and so a low brake fluid level is a serious problem. Locate the brake fluid reservoir. You shouldn’t even need to remove the cap. You should be able to see the brake level through the reservoir. If it appears to be below the line, plan a visit to the mechanic as soon as possible.
COOLANT. Coolant levels should be checked when the engine is off, cool but not cold. Most vehicles have an overflow chamber since as Edmunds.com reminds us, “The fluid expands and contracts with heat.” You should see marks on the container which indicate proper fluid levels. If it needs filling, remember that most vehicles take a 50/50 mix of coolant and water but most of the time you buy coolant, it’s already mixed as such.
Make checking your fluid levels a part of a regular routine. Every two or three gasoline fill-ups might work for you! Stop by Pete Moore Mitsubishi’s Service Department if you have any Service related questions!