Maintaining the Fluid Levels in Your Car

Your car requires numerous fluids to function properly; ensuring these fluids are kept at the right levels will vastly improve the performance and longevity of your vehicle. While some fluid levels can be checked and topped off on your own, some require the attention of your automotive repair specialist to ensure they are properly maintained. Knowing which systems need to be checked and how to do so will ensure your vehicle is properly maintained so you can enjoy safety and comfort whenever you get behind the wheel.

Engine Oil

You can check the engine oil level using the oil dipstick near the front of your engine block. Remove the stick and wipe it clean, then re-insert it into the reservoir completely and remove it slowly. The oil level should fall between the two hash marks on the stick; if the oil is below this level, you’ll need to add more.

Transmission Fluid

Check your transmission fluid level while your car is running using the dipstick located just behind the oil reservoir. Follow the same procedure as for checking the oil, removing the stick to clean it before re-inserting it and checking that the transmission fluid is between the indicators. If the fluid is low, see your auto mechanic to replace the lost fluid and check for leaks in the line.


Engine coolant should always be checked while the engine is off. Unscrew the radiator cap, typically found in the middle of the engine compartment, and look inside to see how much fluid is present. As long as the radiator and nearby reservoir are mostly full, your levels are fine; if not, add coolant in a 50/50 ratio with water as per the instructions on the product or have your auto mechanic replace the coolant for you.

Automotive Recalibration Center can help you maintain your personal vehicle or your fleet of professional automobiles in Tucson. Please call us today at (520) 433-4147 to schedule auto repairs and maintenance with our experienced staff. You can check out our blog for more auto maintenance tips and information.

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