Neglect Your Car’s Fluid Levels At Your Own Risk One of the worst things you can do to your vehicle is neglect the maintenance of fluids essential to its operation. Unfortunately, drivers throughout central New York suffer the consequences of this common mistake on a daily basis. Instead of risking costly damage to your vehicle, why not try developing a fluid maintenance routine? While most of us are familiar with the concept of checking the oil, not everyone is as familiar with other vehicle fluids. Areas of interest include: Battery – While you should never tamper with sealed batteries, fluids should be monitored in those with a traditional six-cell design. Simply remove the plastic strips or individual caps covering the cells and fill while avoiding overflow. To reduce potential corrosion, use distilled water. Wear gloves and goggles to maximize safety. Brakes – Keep reservoir 2/3 of the way full to ensure proper operation. Levels should remain stable once filled, as brake fluid moves through a sealed network. Low readings could indicate leakage, a potentially dangerous situation that should be addressed by one of our trained service professionals. Engine – Allow your engine to cool for five minutes minimum before checking oil levels. If low, add a quart; supplement as needed but don’t overfill. Radiator – Check coolant levels with a lukewarm engine, but never while the engine is hot or running, as this will result in an immediate release of pressure that could scald bystanders. Remember, if levels are low, a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water should be added. Transmission – For optimal results, automatic transmissions should be checked while the engine is running, while manuals should be checked with the engine off. A sealed system, fluid levels should remain stable. If you suspect leakage, consult our trained service professionals. Windshield Washer – Generally found in a plastic reservoir beneath the windshield, washer fluid helps maximize visibility by clearing dirt and residue from your windshield. A relatively simple task, fluid maintenance enhances the safe and efficient operation of your vehicle. If you’re not comfortable checking your vehicle fluids, contact NYE Automotive Group to schedule an appointment.