Many will remember being talked through how to check the fluid levels in their car during the lead up to their driving test. Indeed, it is one of those things that are vital to inspect before you go on a long car journey.
Nevertheless, it is something that a lot of drivers will forget to do or will choose not to do. Yet these checks need to be done for a reason and it is important to understand why.
Oil is one of the most important fluids to check in your car as it is crucial to making sure your car continues to work. Your oil is used to lubricate the parts in your car, reducing friction and keeping them running smoothly. So if you run out of oil then your car parts will be rubbing directly against each other, which can quickly wear them out and cause bigger problems for your car.
Check oil by removing the dipstick from the tank, you will be able to see how much there is in your car by seeing where the level stops on the dipstick.
If you are going on a road trip this summer then getting your oil topped up is a must. Try booking in at ATS Euromaster for a summer vehicle inspection, where a technician can check over your vehicle and give you a can of oil that they will use to top up your car as an added extra.
During the summer months in particular, checking coolant levels in your car are vital. These are used in the radiator of your vehicle, keeping your car cool and stopping it from overheating. If you run out of coolant then your car is likely to overheat and the hot weather is only likely to heighten the risk.
You can check the coolant by unscrewing the cap in your radiator and seeing what level this comes to. If it is low then you should check what type of coolant your car uses and refill it with this.
Posted by Danielle Barge