Check Auto Fluid Levels


Check Your Motor Oil Regularly

Check Your Motor Oil Regularly

Be sure to take a few minutes to check auto fluid levels on a regular basis, and especially before taking that long trip.  Checking fluid levels is one of the best things you can do to help keep your car in proper running condition.  This can also help you to spot smaller problems before they become larger problems requiring an unexpected car repair.  This is especially important for older cars.  But even new cars need specialized service during their breaking in period.


Develop A Routine To Check Fluids

As humans, we have the benefit of feeling thirsty when we need fluids, so we get a drink and everything is fine again.  However, your car fluids may have been running low for days, weeks and possibly months without you knowing, unless you check to find out or have it serviced frequently.  Driving your car when the fluids are low can cause problems.  In the case of low motor oil the car runs hot, it may overheat, and it wears out the engine faster.  In the case of low brake fluid, the brakes may not work properly.  Then there is the coolant, power steering, automatic transmission fluid, and likely other fluids to check.  Then, perhaps one day the car temperature light goes on, or you see steam or smoke coming from under the hood, or something else goes wrong and, oops…!


We Can Help You Stay On Top Of It

At AutoMedics we check these fluid levels as a part of our oil change special.  We provide a 25 point inspection which includes checking your car fluid levels, and other systems on your vehicle.  But in between oil changes it is easy to not pay attention to what is going on with your car.  We’d like to help keep you safe and problem free, so below we offer a few suggestions to consider when you check you auto fluid level in between service visits.

Keep Engine Coolant Available In Your Car Trunk.

Keep Engine Coolant Available In Your Car Trunk.

Get familiar with where the various locations are to check fluid levels on your car.  Pull out the owners’ manual and it will have pictures of where these locations are and how to check the fluid levels.


When checking your car fluids, park your car on a level surface, turn off the engine, put on the brake and open the hood.  If your car engine is hot, that can affect fluid levels, you may want to check certain fluids after the engine has cooled off.


Depending on your car model and age there is no way to explain in this article how to find the various locations to check your fluid levels, or the process for properly checking them, so again, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for the location and proper process.


It’s Good To Be Familiar With Fluid Maintenance

Some of the fluids levels you will want to become more familiar with includes the motor oil.  That is a good place to start.  Locate the dipstick, proper level marks, how and where to add oil if needed.  The owners’ manual will also specify the type and viscosity of oil to use, and the recommended distance between oil changes (often every 3,000 to 7,000 miles).

Using your owner’s manual, look up the locations and process for checking the brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant fluid levels.  These can be a little tricky to check.  The car temperature can often be a factor and special care needs to be given to properly checking them.  Again, follow out the owners’ manual.


Car Leaking Oil

We Have You Covered At AutoMedics

If the thought of this process seems overwhelming, or not something you care to do, then it is still a good idea to at least become familiar with the locations of these fluid reservoirs.  Therefore, if you see something leaking, or if you see fluid spots on your driveway where you car was parked, you will know to give us a call, your Carmicheal auto repair specialists at AutoMedics and schedule a service appointment before the problem gets worse.  Better yet, give us a call on a regular basis to schedule a routine service appointment and stay ahead of the curve.


Until then, drive safe and keep your car running safely.  Give us a call at (916) 488-4415 if we can help be of service.