Just as important as having proper Calgary car insurance is taking good care of your vehicle. Careful car maintenance ensures your safety and the safety of others, preventing costly repair bills from emptying your wallet.
Our Quick Battery Tips provides ways to keep your vehicle starting dependably and running reliably. To further that information, keeping your car’s fluids in check prevents safety risks and costly repairs. Here we provide a basic overview of what car fluids do and how to check them. Always refer to your owner’s manual to find out exactly how perform these tasks. Know which fluids to check and how to monitor them regularly.
Calgary Car Insurance Tips: Checking Your Car’s Fluids
All fluids should be checked while your car is parked on a flat, level surface. There are seven important fluids to monitor on a regular basis to keep your vehicle running safely and reliably:
- Motor Oil: Engine lubricant is the lifeblood of your vehicle and checking your oil level and changing dirty oil on a regular basis will increase the longevity of your engine. Remember, however, that too much oil can be just as damaging to an engine as not having enough. To Check: Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean and reinsert it. Remove it again to make sure the oil level is correct. If your oil appears dirty, take your vehicle in to your dealership to have it evaluated.
- Cooling System: Anti-freeze/coolant is the fluid in your radiator that prevents engines from overheating. Never remove your radiator cap when your motor is hot or running! This fluid is highly pressurized, so to prevent injury or damage to your engine, coolant must be checked when your car has not been driven in some time. To check: If your vehicle has not been driven, remove the radiator cap. If you can’t see the top of the fluid, you’ll need to add more.
- Transmission: This fluid ensures your vehicle shifts gears reliably. While transmission fluid lasts much longer than oil, it does need to be changed occasionally. To check: Park on a flat, level surface and leave the engine running. Locate and remove the dipstick, wipe it clean, and reinsert it. Remove it again to make sure this fluid level is correct.
- Brakes: Low brake fluid indicates a leaky brake line or worn brake surfaces and a vehicle with either problem may fail to stop when the brakes are applied. To check: Look for a reservoir labeled “brake fluid.” Some reservoirs have lids that must be removed to check the fluid level. For a plastic see-through reservoir, simply wipe the dirt away to check.
- Power-Steering: Power-steering fluid keeps your vehicle’s steering wheel working properly. By keeping it lubricated, this fluid adds power to your ability to turn your wheels. To check: Locate the reservoir (typically on the passenger side) and before opening the cap, clean around it to prevent dirt from entering the system. Open the cap and use the dipstick to check fluid level.
- Air Conditioning: This fluid is sometimes called refrigerant or Freon and allows your air conditioner to remove warm air from your vehicle’s interior and replace it with cooler air. To check: Before checking this fluid, purchase an A.C. gauge and thermometer and follow the instructions. If your refrigerant level is low, have a qualified technician “recharge” the system.
- Windshield: A dirty windshield is a safety risk. Keeping the reservoir of windshield cleaning fluid in check will help you avoid an accident and keep your claims-free discount!
If you are ever involved in an accident, please contact your Calgary car insurance provider immediately to file a claim.
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Regular vehicle maintenance will save you money, ensure your safety and the safety of others, and is just as important as keeping your vehicle properly insured. Partnered with several leading insurance companies, your Bow Valley Insurance broker will make sure you have proper protection for your personal and commercial vehicles.
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