How to Check Car Fluids

September 21st, 2018 by

Oil mechanic checking oil on blue cloth

If you’ve noticed that your check engine light is on, it might be time to check your car fluids. At Cornerstone Plymouth, our certified technicians are happy to check and replace your car fluids and handle all your affordable auto maintenance needs near Minnetonka, but we’re also here to help if you’d like to handle it on your own. Find out how to check your car fluids, and count on us for auto maintenance and repairs near Minneapolis.

Check Engine Oil

Follow our guide to checking your oil levels, and take the following steps:

  1. Find the dipstick.
  2. Remove the dipstick and clean it with a clean cloth.
  3. Check to see if the oil is low, and add more oil until full.
  4. If oil is dark or gritty, get an oil change.
  5. Follow recommended maintenance schedule.

Check Coolant

  1. Find the overflow plastic container next to the radiator
  2. If the fluid is below the recommended level, fill with 50% water and 50% antifreeze.

Check Power Steering Fluid

  1. Find the power steering fluid tank near the firewall at the base of the windshield.
  2. Make sure the level is between minimum and maximum.
  3. If not, go to a trusted technician for power steering fluid.

Check Brake Fluid

  1. Locate the clear brake fluid tank
  2. Make sure level is between minimum and maximum.
  3. Fill if low, but then take it to a technician to have your brakes inspected.

Check Windshield Washer Fluid

  1. Pop the hood and look for the tank with the windshield wiper icon.
  2. Add windshield washer fluid until the tank is full.

Check Transmission Fluid

Follow transmission fluid check guide, which includes the following steps:

  1. Locate the dipstick.
  2. Pull out the dipstick.
  3. Check fluid quality.
  4. Check fluid level.

Get Your Car Fluids Changed Near Brooklyn Park

Cornerstone Plymouth is your source for affordable auto service and helpful auto maintenance advice near Minnetonka. We’re your chosen dealership at  3901 Vinewood Lane in Plymouth, MN, and you can count on us for advice on things to do in the area, including the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden! Stick around and find out more car maintenance information, including this guide on the importance of an alternator.


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