Vehicle Maintenance - Fluids

Regular checks of the fluid levels under the bonnet of a car can not only save money, but also prevent breakdowns.

Vehicle Maintenance - Fluids

The Importance Of Regular Fluid & Maintenance Checks

Regular checks of the fluid levels under the bonnet of a car can not only save money, but also prevent breakdowns. Many motorists do not undertake the simple regular checks of oil, water – radiator and washer bottle(s) - plus battery condition, preferring to leave this to the regular servicing intervals. However, these are now extending, in some instances to 20,000 miles, and so it is imperative to check fluid levels regularly, at least once a month.


Oil is the life blood of an engine and different vehicle models use different grades of oil in differing amounts – check the vehicle handbook for the correct grade for your vehicle. So here is a simple procedure for checking oil level: open the car bonnet and locate the dipstick – however, some new models do not have a dipstick, they have the facility of checking the oil through the car’s computer system with a visual indicator on the car’s instrument cluster. If in doubt check the car’s drivers manual.

Remove the dipstick and wipe with a clean rag or piece of kitchen roll. Most dipsticks have two marks, the top when the engine oil is at the correct level and a second mark indicating when a top-up of oil is required.

Car Battery

Many batteries are now sealed for life and will not require topping up with distilled water again the owner’s manual will provide details. If in doubt ask your car dealer of local independent garage to check the battery condition.

Radiator Coolant

Radiator coolant is also an area that is worth checking, but remember this must be checked when the engine is cold and must of course have an element of anti-freeze.

Windscreen Washer

Finally don’t forget to check windscreen washer bottles, there is nothing more annoying when you need a clean windscreen and the washer bottle is empty. Lastly don’t forget to check the rear screen washer bottle as well.


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About the author

David Sholicar

David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry. David handles the relationships with our parts suppliers to ensure that Protyre only fit the best quality servicing parts, brake parts, and other aftermarket quality parts at the right price. David is also involved in ensuring that all technicians are trained or assessed to carry out the work completed in all centres, and that Protyre has a robust Quality control ( QC) Procedure in all centres. David is also involved in developing the customer service standards and customer service training for all Protyre team members to ensure that all Protyre customers can expect the highest levels of customer service. At Protyre we believe we have the highest levels of customer service excellence that can be found, not only in the garage industry, but also when compared to other retail organisations. Another area of expertise is David’s involvement in developing Protyre Operational, Environmental, and safe working procedures. David has worked for some of the UK’s best retailers and this expertise has been a key component in helping develop Protyre into a highly respected company within the fast fit industry. David’s mission is ensuring that Protyre is the local garage that you can trust.

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