Monitoring of 6 Important Vehicle Fluids
Asadullah 01 Jul 2022 142
Monitoring of 6 Important Vehicle Fluids
When you drive the car, you need to keep something in your mind and check the fluid levels in your car regularly, which can enhance the life of your vehicle. You should adopt this habit of checking of the fluid level in the engine of the car regularly as it has increase the working condition and the auto parts of the car. These fluids are used for different purposes and they lubricate the mechanical parts of the car and keep them in good working condition. You can travel to your destinations safely and all these fluids can play the important role in lubricating the moving system, regulate the temperature and provide the pressure needed in hydraulically operating systems like braking and keep the vehicle system regulated so in this way, you will experience the wear and tear prematurely. You need to know monitoring of 6 important vehicle fluids.
You will find some important fluids that you want to know and how to monitor them while you drive your car and when they should be replaced.
Transmission Fluid: The purpose of the transmission fluid is to cool and lubricate the transmission, like bearings, valves, gears, etc. and keep the seals flexible.
Some vehicles have sealed transmissions and they need special procedure to monitor the fluid levels. You can also check the level of transmission fluid with the dipstick. When you check this fluid with dipstick, you should ensure that the car is warmed up first and you need to check it when you come to your home from work as the transmission is warm and car has shifted through the gears. Leave the engine there idle, push the foot brake and set the parking brake. You need to set the transmission in Park or neutral according to the manual of the owner of the car. You need to raise the hood of the car and take the dipstick out of the tube. You need to wipe it clean with cloth and place it back and when you remove the dipstick again, check the fluid between lower and upper level markings and add the fluid as per requirements.
Engine Oil: The engine oil is used to clean and cools the internal parts of engine and lubricates moving parts. If there is not enough oil, it can cause significant damage to your engine. You need to check the engine oil while engine is cold and not running. Raise the hood, take oil dipstick out of the tube, wipe it clean with clean rag, and then place it back into the tube. After you remove dipstick, you can check to see if oil level is between lower and upper-level markings. If the engine oil is below or at the lower mark, then you need to add enough oil to raise it to upper mark.
Engine Coolant: This oil is also known as antifreeze, and it keeps the engine from freezing up in winter, keeps it cool during summer, and protects it from corrosion and rust all year. When you check the coolant level, make sure that engine is cold and it may not be in running condition. You need to locate the engine’s reservoir for coolant recovery system. Usually, this is clear plastic container, which is placed by radiator or on an inner fender panel. Lower (cold) and upper (hot) level markings will be molded onto reservoir, and if fluid level inside is lower than bottom mark, add coolant up to lower mark. Do not add anything higher.
Power Steering Fluid: Power steering fluid is used in the engine of the car to transmit hydraulic pressure and it assists in protecting the rubber hoses and seals. If you need to check it, locate fluid reservoir as part of the pump. Remove its cap and dipstick, wipe it clean with a rag, and insert it back into the reservoir in order to lubricate the parts of the engine and keep them in working condition for long time. When you remove it, you can check to see if fluid is between lower and upper-level markings. If the fluid level is close to or beneath lower fluid mark, add enough fluid up to the upper mark.
Brake Fluid: Brake fluid helps lubricate and protects hydraulic components in the braking system. Brake fluid creates the force needed to power the braking system and it helps bring your vehicle to a safe stop. You need to raise the hood and find the brake fluid reservoir and check brake fluid level of your vehicle. You can usually find it on top of master cylinder, which is at the back of the engine compartment at the side of the driver. Most of the cars will have clear plastic reservoir with lower and upper markings on them. If the brake fluid is lying between lower and upper marks, the fluid level should be near, at, or below the bottom mark, then you should have brake system checked for leaks or wear at your local auto repair shop at the first opportunity.
Windshield Washer Fluid: Washer fluid is a non-freezing cleaning solution that keeps the windshields and headlights clear and clean to use. The windshield washer fluid is provided in clear plastic reservoir and if the level of this fluid is low, you need to fill this reservoir to top by removing the cap. If you live anywhere with freezing temperature, use antifreeze solution during winter. You may use the bug-removing washer fluid during the summer season.
• You do not overfill the fluid as the fluid in large quantity may be dangerous.
• When you check the fluid levels, park the vehicle on level ground. If your vehicle is parking on a tilt, then you will get false reading.
• Look at the specifications of the automaker in the manual of the owner. Every car is different. Be sure to learn where and how to check and refill fluids in your vehicle.
• Before removing caps and dipsticks, you need to clean around them.
• If you have any fluid, which is required frequent filling, you can get the vehicle checked to rule out the fluid leaks. The fluids are the life board of any car. Without these necessary fluids, the operation and driving of your car will not be smooth and it will wear out quickly. You need to check and refill the fluids regularly and it can increase the life of your vehicle.
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