Towne Toyota Car Care
Checking Your Fluids
The first and most important step to check your vehicles fluids is to ensure that your car is parked on level ground, turned off, and the engine has cooled.
1. It is important to know that if your engine oil light comes on then you should avoid driving your car.
2. Ensure that your car has cooled down so that all of the oil in the cylinder heads, return galleys, etc. has drained. This will make sure that you don't get a false reading.
3. Next locate your car's dipstick if it is equipped with one, and wipe it clean using a rag or paper-towel.
4. Insert the dipstick back into it's opening and push it in firmly. Pull it back out and determine the oil-level based on the residual oil on that stick (Note: There should be a mark on the stick that will indicate what the normal level is).
5. Be sure to pay attention to the color of your oil, too. Ideally, your oil should be a yellow-golden color. Dirty engine oil will come out brown and black, and this may be an indication that your car is due for an oil change.
2. Some cars will be equipped with a second dipstick under the hood of your car to check your transmission fluid.
3. Transmission fluid is usually reddish and does not need to be changed often. If the fluid appears brownish and dirty then this may be an indication that it is time to change your transmission fluid.
4. If your vehicle is not equipped with a dipstick then this means that your car has a sealed unit and you have synthetic transmission fluid, which is good for 100,000 miles. If you see that there is a problem then you should call and schedule an appointment with a certified Technician.
1. Brake fluid is usually located in a large plastic reservoir under the hood, and is generally easy to locate. If you cannot locate a large plastic container then you may need to consult your manual for the location of your brake fluid.
2. If your brake fluid container is in a clear plastic container then you should be able to read the level without opening the container.
3. It?s important to know that your car should not be consuming brake fluid. So if you are low on brake fluid then your car may have a leak in the brake line, and you should consult a technician immediately.
4. You should not be topping off your break fluid regularly as your car will consume the fluid slowly over a long period of time. So make sure you monitor the level of the fluid.
Power Steering Fluid
2. There may be two sets of lines for hot and cold on the outside of the reservoir to help you judge the amount of fluid.
3. Like break fluid, your car should not be consuming power steering fluid. So if the level of this fluid is dropping then schedule an appointment with a certified technician as soon as possible.
1. It is crucial to make sure your car has cooled down before checking your coolant level, or you may risk being sprayed with scalding hot water.
2. The level of your car's coolant will vary depending on how recently your car was running and how warm your engine is. So keep this in mind when checking the levels of this fluid.
3. The coolant container is usually located towards the front near the radiator.
4. Cars are designed to use antifreeze as coolant, which has a lower freezing point and a higher boiling point than water.
Windshield Washer Fluid
2. You should refill this fluid as needed.