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10/02/2019
If you've never learned how to check your motor oil or any other fluid in your car, now is the perfect time to do so. Use the tips in this post to learn how to check on your car's fluids.

How to Check on Your Car's Most Important Fluids

Your car relies on a number of fluids to keep it running in good shape. As a car owner, it can help to know what these fluids should look like and what to look out for when they need to be changed. To help you get to know some of your car's fluids better, check out these useful tips.

Take a Look at Your Motor Oil

One of the most important fluids in your car is your motor oil. It's often referred to as the lifeblood of a vehicle, so important may be an understatement. Because of how important it is, you want to be able to keep tabs on it. Luckily, this isn't too hard to do. Before doing anything, make sure your car is parked on a level surface since a surface with an incline can affect your oil reading. Once you're sure your car is level, go ahead and pop open your hood. Next, locate the oil dipstick, pull it out, clean it off, and stick it all the way back in its place. Pull it out once more, but this time take a look at the oil on the end of it. Your dipstick will have two indicator marks at the end of it. Your oil level should fall somewhere in between these two, but if it's lower than the lowest line, this can be cause for concern. While oil can disappear over time, your oil level shouldn't fall dramatically. If this is the case, you may have an oil leak or your car may be burning off your oil. Either way, this should get checked out by a professional before you encounter any serious issues. Next up is checking on the condition of your oil. This is also easy to do, so you have nothing to worry about. Simply rub some of the oil off of the dipstick using your index finger and thumb to inspect it. If your oil is slick, translucent, and a light shade then it's still in great condition. However, if your oil is dark, opaque, thick, and gritty, it's definitely time for a change. If it smells burnt, don't wait much longer to get it changed. Keep your car running at its best with the help of a synthetic oil change in Warminster. For the personalized service you need to find the right oil for your next oil change, don't hesitate to contact the friendly oil experts at Synthetic Oil Direct. Give them a call at (215) 834-8720 to get product recommendations for products like AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil. You can find even more great products like this in their online shop.

Check on Your Car's Coolant

Another fluid you should become familiar with is your car's coolant. This fluid plays a huge role in ensuring that your engine doesn't overheat, so it's safe to say it's a very important fluid. Just like with your motor oil, it isn't hard to check on at all. Before you do anything, you want to be sure that your engine is completely cool. Rather than checking on your coolant after a long commute, leave this task for when your car has been parked for a while. If you try to do this when your car is still hot, your coolant can actually cause pretty severe burns on your skin. Once things are cool, open up your hood and locate your coolant reservoir. Oftentimes, to check on the level of your coolant all you need to do is look at the reservoir. Since these are usually translucent and have indicator marks on the side, it's easy enough to see if you still have a good amount of this fluid. If you're running low, top it off with more of the same fluid. However, if you seem to be running low all the time even after topping it off, you may have a leak that needs fixing. Finally, to check on the condition of your coolant, take a look at the color of it. If it's still the same color as when it was new, your coolant is fine for now. However, if it's lacking color, has drastically changed color, or looks rusty, now is a good time to flush it and replace it.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change in Warminster

Keep your engine at its best all year with the help of a synthetic oil change in Warminster. The oil pros at Synthetic Oil Direct will be happy to help you find the right products for your car. To learn more about their products or to place an order, give them a call at (215) 834-8720.
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