Car Maintenance tips: checking your car fluids

Buying a car is a significant investment, so it only makes sense that you maintain it in the best possible way. There are a number of vital fluids that your car needs at fairly specific levels, and we've given you some basic tips below to keeping everything running smoothly.

After you've bought your car (or ASAP if you haven't already) you should always take a detailed look at your owner manual. Amongst other important guidance, it will give you some basic rules for checking fluids to ensure your warranty is kept intact.

When you do come to check fluid levels, have your car parked on a flat and level surface so that you can get the most accurate readings. Lift the bonnet and make sure you know which fluid is which before you get started.

You'll need to check the following fluids regularly (you can find more guidance around our website on how to do this):

  • Oil
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Engine coolant
  • Windscreen washer fluid

Keep a record of the date each was last checked, and be sure to make notes on fluid changes and on anything that seems a little out of the ordinary. If any of the levels are particularly low then top them up, remember to check them again soon and keep an eye out for any leaks.

If you do find any issues or have concerns about maintenance, it's a good idea to get your car serviced.

You can contact us at Lookers to help with all of the above – our team will ensure your car receives a thorough service and can also help you understand some of these essential checks.