Whether you’re getting ready for a summer road trip or simply enjoying the changing seasons, make sure your car’s engine fluids are full and clean. These are the fluids to maintain at any time of the year.
After taking a short drive, allow the car to cool down for five minutes. Then, remove the oil dipstick, wipe it with a rag, and dip it back in. If the oil level reaches the notch mark, all is well. If it is low, top it off with the correct oil type, usually written on the cap.
The transmission fluid also has a dipstick. Like with the oil, remove the dipstick, wipe it off, and then dip again to get an accurate reading. Also, check its consistency. Rub a little between your fingers to see if it is still pink or clear. If it has particles in it or smells burnt, it’s time for a change.
Brake fluid is usually at the back of the engine. Make sure to clean the lid before unscrewing it, as any dirt in the fluid can damage the system. If it’s not a half-inch from the cap, it will need topped off.
After driving the car, wait until the radiator at the front of the engine isn’t hot anymore. Then with a rag, carefully remove the lid (the contents are pressurized). If you can’t see any coolant inside, it’s time to add more.
If your vehicle is due for a fluid flush, bring it to Graff Chevrolet’s service department. We’ll make sure it’s ready for the drive ahead.