Checking Engine Fluids

June 27, 2017

When to Top the Fluids off for your Vehicle

          In order for the vehicle to operate at top performance levels the fluid levels should be topped off. This will help operate the parts of the vehicle that need lubrication or fluid in order to run. Having the proper amount of fluid in the vehicle is important. Along with checking the fluids, also remember to inspect the oil. By having the oil changed on a regular basis, you can help keep the engine properly lubricated. If you notice that you have to fill up a reservoir with fluid often, it could be a sign of a leak somewhere in the system. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for where the leak might be.       The fluid checks need to be done for safety reasons as well as ones for maintenance. Having the brake fluid checked on a regular basis can help ensure the proper amount is in there. It can also mean that the brakes are operating effectively and will not lead to an accident over time. Having the fluids checked can help improve the reliability and safety of your vehicle. You can schedule routine fluid checks when you have your vehicle taken in for maintenance. Normally a safety inspection will include checking the major fluids, like the windshield washer fluid, the coolant, and the oil. The other fluids that need to be checked include power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and even the brake fluids in your vehicle.       Dirty fluids could also mean there is a problem within the vehicle. If a fluid has excessive dirt in it, then it might mean there is a part that is leaking something else. For example, oil could be getting in to the fluid where it is not supposed to be. This could mean you have something failing in the engine. This fluid check might have saved you from being broken down on the side of the road somewhere. The fluid checks can also show when more needs to be added. You do not want your brake fluid to dip, which would make it hard to stop. The power steering fluid can leak out, making your turns harder than they need to be. The coolant could leak out, giving you issues with the engine when you are driving for long periods of time or live in an extremely hot area.    
March 25, 2016

Tips to Improve the Fuel Mileage of your Vehicle

    It is important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances for your vehicle. This can help to determine if parts or components of the vehicle need to be repaired or replaced. If there is an issue with the vehicle between visits, it is recommended you bring it in as soon as possible. This way the issue can be resolved before further damage is done to the part of the vehicle. This can reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown as well. By having the vehicle maintained, it can decrease the possibility of a costly repair bill in the future. Regular maintenances can also help to improve the fuel mileage for your vehicle.   To help improve the mileage, there are some steps you can do to help increase the fuel efficiency when you drive. Having added weight in your vehicle significantly decreases the fuel mileage. Always check your tire pressure and for proper tire inflation. Having an underinflated tire will result in poor fuel mileage because your vehicle has to work harder. Also make sure to watch the speed when you drive. All vehicles have an optimum fuel consumption speed, which is where the car can travel the farthest and use the least amount of fuel. Going too fast and changing your speed a lot can hinder your fuel mileage, it is best to set your cruise control. The cruise control helps to ensure that you are always going at a constant speed and are not risking going too fast. Keeping your speed steady will save you gallons of fuel and also make for a smoother more comfortable ride.   Hybrid cars use an electric motor which stores energy that would otherwise be wasted during braking or when driving downhill. Depending on the type of hybrid system used, hybrid cars can achieve as much as 200 miles per gallon or more. If you ever notice poor fuel mileage, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This can help you to have an enjoyable drive.
November 4, 2014

Remember to Check the Fluids on a Regular Basis

When owning a vehicle, make sure you take good care of it. This can help it to last as long as possible, while also providing you with a reliable vehicle when you drive. Part of maintaining the vehicle includes regular maintenance inspections. Bring the vehicle in on a regular basis and we can check the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure it is operating efficiently and effectively. While a vehicle maintenance check requires a lot of inspections such as tire inspections, engine repairs, radiator, and antifreeze inspections, the most important components that need to be regulated are fluid checks. If you are not regular with the fluid checks, your vehicle will adversely be impacted and necessitate large maintenance repair costs in future. Some particular fluid checks that have to be carried at least once a month are the oil and windshield wiper fluid. Oil Changes are Important The oil levels will vary depending on the time you chose to check them since they expand when they are exposed to heat and contract when they are cooled. The best time to check oil is when your engine is on and the oil is considerably warm. Checking the oil level is a very easy job. All you have to do is park the car on a flat surface, insert a dipstick inside the fuel system, and check the oil readings. If the oil mark is near or on the marking labeled full, you have no reason to worry. However, if it is near label empty, you shall need to change the oil and ensure that the oil is at the recommended level. It is difficult for us to generalize for all vehicle, and depending on the make and engine performance of your model. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so you get the right oil for your vehicle. The Brake Fluid should be Checked Brake fluid checks are a very important part of fluid level checks in vehicles and we recommend carrying out a brake fluid check during your general maintenance, as it is fast and easy. When you look around the driver’s seat in the front, under the hood you will find the brake master cylinder that contains the brake fluid. In most of the vehicles, the cylinder is translucent and you can easily see the level of the fluid without opening the cap. All you have to do is check for the fluid levels and then go through the owner’s manuals to ensure that the brake fluid levels are within acceptable limits. We recommend keeping a safe distance from brake fluid as is is highly toxic and harsh on human skin. Coolant Levels are Important It is important for you to check the coolant and antifreeze levels too, should there be a problem in the heating of the vehicle. During winter, the antifreeze is a very important component that ensures proper temperature control and you must ensure that the coolant fluid levels and antifreeze levels are within acceptable ranges. If there are discrepancies in the radiator, we recommend you bring the vehicle in as soon as you can, so you can have a pleasant drive again.
September 16, 2014

The Importance of Checking the Fluids

To help keep the vehicle working in the best condition possible, the fluids will need to be inspected regularly. This helps to provide appropriate lubrication to moving parts of the vehicle as it operates. These fluids all serve different purposes, but if one starts to become low, it could affect the performance of your vehicle. It might not only affect the performance, but the safety of the vehicle could be in jeopardy, which could lead to an accident. It is important to keep the fluid levels up in your vehicle and to have them checked regularly to see if they are low or dirty. If they are, make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can replace the fluid when needed. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the fluid levels for you. Check the Brake Fluid This is probably the most important fluid in the vehicle you drive. The brakes need fluid to keep the system running properly. Without fluid to make the discs open and close, the brakes would lock. If they lock up, you cannot drive or brake. Neither option is good when you are driving down the road at a high. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help prevent further issues or damage being done. Remember the Transmission Fluid Transmission fluid is what keeps the vehicle running down the road. If there is a leak in the transmission and the fluid gets low, your engine could seize up and you could be left stranded on the side of the road. The transmission fluid should be checked after 40,000 miles and then replaced if it is dirty or showing signs that it is dirty. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the fluid for you. Antifreeze is Important When you live in the north and have a brutally cold winter, you need a car that can still run. Anti-freeze will keep all of the fluids in your car from, well, freezing. The weather might be cold outside, but the anti-freeze will keep everything on the inside working. Make sure your anti-freeze is rated to what your lowest winter temperatures will be. Power Steering Fluid should be checked The power steering fluid is what will make your vehicle turn with ease. Power steering fluid or a leak of the fluid in your vehicle will also make it feel difficult to turn. The fluid keeps the steering column to turn with little effort from you as you drive. When it seems harder to turn the wheel, you might want to check and see if there is a slow leak with the fluid causing the problem. Do not forget the Windshield Wiper Fluid Also make sure you check the windshield wiper fluid. The wiper fluid is important because it helps to remove any dirt, bugs, or road grime that could splatter on the windshield. This improves your visibility as you drive so you are able to see the road ahead of you. It is also recommended to put extra washer fluid in the back of your vehicle incase you run out and are unable to get some.