Six Car Fluid Levels to Check Before Your Holiday Road Trip

November 20, 2015

The holidays are coming and with them come the need for travel for many of us.

Time to hit the highways to see family and friends. Over the hills and through the woods to grandmother’s house, or someone’s house, we go.

Before you head out for the holidays, make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip. As domestic drive train specialists, we at Astro Performance Warehouse provide the best overdrive transmission solutions and parts. But we all know that fluid levels are important to the performance of any vehicle.

Before heading off for holiday travels, be sure to check the following six car fluid levels. You don’t want any roadside mishaps keeping you from the big family meal. Check these fluid levels when the engine is cold and with your car parked on level ground.

Check Your Engine Oil

Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean. Then insert it to get check the level. If oil is low, add more following your vehicle manual’s recommendations. Do not overfill. Now’s a good time to see when you’re due for your next oil change.

Transmission Fluid, Anyone?

This is typically the second dipstick you’ll find in your vehicle. Your transmission fluid is important. As the fluid runs through your automatic transmission, it is pressurized. This gives it the hydraulic power required to perform basic functions like shifting gears.

Six Fluid Levels to Check Before Your Holiday Road Trip

Be Cool About Your Coolant

You’ll find this clear overflow plastic container near the radiator in your vehicle. If the liquid is below the minimum line, fill it with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. This prevents it from freezing during the cold winter months.

Brake for Brake Fluid

Typically you’ll find your brake fluid in a clear reservoir that has maximum and minimum lines. Fill it if it’s low or take it to your mechanic. You’ll want to have it checked for leaks or see if your brake pads are starting to wear.

Check Your Power Steering Fluid

You’ll find this small tank located at your vehicle’s firewall directly beneath the base of your windshield. The fluid should be between the maximum and minimum levels.

Say Yes to Windshield Washer Fluid

You may think this one is not so important, but a dirty windshield can be a terrible distraction. Make sure you keep this container full.

And one more thing before you go. After you are done checking all these fluids, check the pressure in your tires. Proper air pressure is not only important for your safety, but it helps with gas mileage too.

What do you think about these tips for car fluid levels? What others do you suggest? Comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

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