Incorrect fluid levels can cause breakdowns or even serious damage to a vehicle. For accurate vehicle care, here’s how to monitor key vehicle fluid levels between your dealer service visits.
CMH Mazda Menlyn has compiled 5 basic fluid checks you can perform on your vehicle:
Checking your engine oil level
The engine must be cold and not running, look for a yellow, red, or brightly coloured loop/hood that looks like a handle. Have a cloth/rag handy and pull the oil dipstick out of the tube. Wipe the dipstick clean with a cloth/rag and insert it fully back into its tube. Remove the dipstick and check that the oil level is between the markings indicated on the dipstick.
The remotely mounted translucent plastic power-steering bottle will have minimum/maximum indicators molded into it. Make sure that the power-steering fluid is always between those two levels, and not too full or too low.
Engine needs to be cold and not running (do not open the coolant or radiator cover when the engine temperature is high/hot), locate the reservoir for the coolant recovery system. It’s usually a translucent plastic container mounted near the radiator, the reservoir will have upper (hot) and lower (cold) level markings molded into it. If the fluid is below the lower mark, add coolant up to that point, but not any higher.
The brake fluid reservoir is usually on top the master cylinder at the rear of the engine compartment on the driver side. Locate the translucent plastic reservior with upper and lower level markings molded into it. If the level is near or below the lower mark, have an auto repair shop inspect the brake system for leaks or wear as soon as possible.
Window washer fluid
This usually has a sign that looks like a tiny water fountain. If the fluid level is low just fill the bottle with water until the fluid nears the top. Use a bug-removing washer fluid in summer.
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