Back to Basics- How To Check Your Car's Fluids

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Back to Basics- How To Check Your Car's Fluids

Hi everyone! 


Today in our “Back to Basics” series, where we aim to refresh your knowledge of basic car-owner procedures, we’re focusing on “How To Check Your Fluids”. Before setting out on a long drive this holiday season, or tackling the Muskoka roads for a short commute, take the time to ensure your fluids are at their best.  

How to check your fluids  

  1. Park the car on a flat, level surface. Set the parking brake.  

  1. Open the hood.  

  1. Check the motor oil: (After the car cools down for an hour or so) 

  • Using the owners manual, locate the dipstick. Pull it all the way out. 
  • Wipe clean with a paper towel.  
  • Re-insert all the way, and pull out again, this time reading the oil level. 
  • Cross reference reading of oil level with owners manual.  
  • Use your mechanics recommended motor oil to add if your levels are low.  

Things to know: 

-“Healthy” motor oil is golden in colour.  

-If oil is dark brown or black, this indicates that it is dirty. Check your records for the last time it was changed.  

-If oil looks milky or foamy, it may be contaminated with coolant. You should consult your mechanic in this case.  

-Pay attention to how often you find yourself filling your oil. If you do so very frequently, you may  

have a leak in the oil tank. Another signs of this is finding oil under the car where you have parked. In this case, it would need to be repaired by a mechanic.  

We hope you’re feeling more prepared for dealing with anything your car needs.  

Safe driving everyone, happy holidays! 





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