This check is while
the engine is running.
The transmission should be at operating temperature.
Remove dipstick, wipe clean, insert and remove again
to check the fluid level.
Be careful not to overfill!
transmission fluid is part of a closed system and should be
red or reddish - brown in color.
If you check
it, and it’s brown or smells burnt, it’s time to replace
Some manufacturers recommend that you
should change your
transmission fluid about every 30,000 miles.
And others suggest once every 100,000 miles.
Most transmission failures are the result
of fluid contamination.
Draining your transmission fluid is not like draining the oil.
At least 70% of your transmission fluid is held within various
components in your system.
Check with your mechanic for
professional advice or service.
Windshield Washer Fluid:
This check is
done by removing and checking the dipstick.
Use the dipstick to check fluid level in the same way you would
the engine oil.
On newer vehicles, you can visually check the reservoir.
If you hear weird noises as you steer, or find it hard to steer,
your power steering fluid may be running low.
Caution: Do not remove the
pressure cap when engine is hot.
If a refill is needed, fill with a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze.
<<< Warning >>>
Antifreeze/coolant is toxic to children and animals.
service attendants will offer to check your oil when the
engine is hot.
Some will even show you the dipstick to validate claim engine
needs oil, ( the oldest trick to sell you more oil ).
It is then overfull causing a smoky exhaust.
check on level ground when the engine is cold to
give accurate reading.
Remove the dipstick, wipe with a paper towel, reinsert the
dipstick completely in the tube.
Remove the dipstick and read oil level.
The dipstick should have a normal range indicated.
Add oil only
when oil level is at or below Add Oil
Be careful not to overfill.
Changing your oil is one of the most important things that that
you can do to improve the life of your engine.
You should change your oil every 3,000 miles or every 3 months.
7,000 to 10,000 miles on newer cars.
An oil change service is referred to as an "Oil, Lube & Filter,"
the lube is a chassis lubrication where the mechanic applies
grease to various steering and suspension joints
under the car.
cars are manufactured with sealed joints that don't have
grease fittings, however if any of these parts were replaced, the
new parts probably do have lubrication points and must
be greased to prevent premature wear.
The best way to tell when you need to change your oil is to check it
Fresh good oil is a clear golden color.
Once oil starts to wear and break down, it starts to become black
and thick and that causes wear and tear on the engine.
Make sure you use the correct oil weight for your car and