Check Engine Fluid Levels

With both the Intermediate and Full Service, R&M Mechanics offer a complete check on your engine fluid levels.

A large part of your car’s maintenance is preventative and one of the easiest and most common maintenance check to be performed is a check of the engines fluid levels. Doing so on a regular basis keeps your car running well and the repair costs down.

engine oil changeEngine Oil

The first check that should be completed regularly is that of engine oil. Under both types of services we will change this for you, though should you require assistance in checking the oil level follow these guidelines.

In most cars, you just need to pop the bonnet of your car, find the oil dipstick, pull it out, and wipe it down. Repeat that again and you’ll have your oil level. If it’s in the safe level you may continue with using the car. If it is not, you will need to add more oil. Depending on the age of the car, you may or may not need to add oil pretty often. If your car burns through a lot of oil, it’s worth having a mechanic, like R&M Mechanics, check the engine over.

How often to check it: It was once recommended that you check your oil every time you filled up with fuel, but with most modern cars you are safe checking it once a month.

How often to replace it: This depends on the car, make and model, and the year of the car. We recommend that the oil be changed once a year, either with an Intermediate Service or a Full Service.

transmission-fluid-changeTransmission Fluid

The transmission fluid is what keeps the gears on your car moving smoothly. You can check your transmission fluid the same way as your engine oil, except the car should be running when you do it. Unlike your engine oil, transmission fluid is part of a closes system, so it should never be low. If you do find that the level is low, then the car should be taken to a mechanics. Instead of volume, for transmission fluid, you are looking at the quality of the fluid. The fluid should be red and not smell burned. If the fluid is brown or smells burnt, it should be replaced.

How often to check it: We recommend monthly.

How often to replace it: This will vary from car to car and depends on the transmission type, but it is typically between 50,000 to 100,000 miles.

engine coolantCoolant

As the name implies, coolant, or antifreeze, keeps your car running cool. If you ever run low on coolant, your car will probably overheat. The coolant is inside the radiator and you can typically check it by simply removing the radiator cap when the car is cool and look inside. Do not check the level when it’s hot or the car is running. Once you remove the cap you should see a line the coolant should come up to. If it’s low, you can add more, but make sure you add the same type of coolant currently in the car.

How often to check it: We recommend that the levels be checked twice yearly; once before the summer and again before the winter.

How often to replace it: The average is normally 2-3 years.

brake_fluidBrake Fluid

Brake fluid, like the transmission fluid, is part of a contained system and as such should not be low. Should this be the case when you check the levels, please take your car directly to a mechanic, like R&M Mechanics. It is worth checking the fluid to make sure it is clean. Brake fluid keeps your brakes working properly, so if they ever feel a little off, checking your brake fluid is usually the first step. You can check the fluid level by looking at the reservoir on the driver side of the car. You can usually check the level just by looking at the outside of the container. The fluid should be a golden colour. If it’s brown, it is time to replace it.

How often to check it: When the engine oil is changed, and we will perform a brake fluid contamination check during an intermediate and full service.

How often to replace it: It is recommended that the brake fluid be change every two years, or during a full service.

power steeringPower Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid helps keep your steering smooth and easy. When the power steering fluid starts to get low, you might feel a “creaking” in the steering wheel or hear some strange sounds. To check it, all you need to do is pop the bonnet and find the reservoir. Usually you can check it visually by looking at the level on the reservoir. Power steering fluid doesn’t normally drop too much, so if it is low, it is worth taking your car into a mechanic.

How often to check it: Once a month.

How often to replace it: It is normally a good idea to have the power steering fluid changed after 50,000 miles. Once it has been change once, unless a fault is found in the power steering unit itself, you will more than likely never need to change the power steering fluid again.

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