At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we know how easy it is to overlook vehicle maintenance when everything is working as it should - we also know firsthand the toll neglected maintenance takes on a vehicle. Here’s an easy thing you can do yourself, that might save you an engine, transmission, or avoid numerous other problems.
Checking your fluids is easy; you either pull a dipstick or remove a cap, make sure there’s enough liquid where it’s supposed to be, and you’re done. If it’s low, fill it to the right level - congratulations, you’ve just saved yourself a trip to the shop and a lot of money.
Engine oil and transmission fluid levels are critical. Too much or too little of either will destroy an engine or transmission in short order, leaving you stranded and in need of a lot of mechanic work. Simply pull the dipstick, per the instructions in your manual, and check the fluid level...then add fluid as necessary.
Brake systems sometimes develop small leaks, that may take months to empty your fluid reserve. Check it regularly to avoid getting air in the system - one air enters the lines, your brake power is significantly cut, and they’ll have to be bled in order to get them working again. If you notice a leak, no matter how small, have it serviced as soon as possible.
Coolant is critical to keeping your engine and transmission going. Just make sure the engine is cold before removing a cap or checking the reservoir - the system is hot and under pressure. Coolant checking and adding differs across various cars, trucks, and SUVs, so make sure you consult the manual first.
Also - make sure you’re putting the correct type of fluid in your engine, brake system, transmission, or radiator. The type is often marked on the cap or dipstick, or you guessed it - in the manual.
Of course, when you bring your vehicle in for an oil change, we always check your fluids. Still, it never hurts to know how to do it yourself.
No matter your repair or maintenance needs, we’ve got you covered. For the best auto service shop in Ithaca, NY, call or stop by Autoworks today.
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