How To Maintain Your Car's Fluids | Ford Dealership Denver


 A do-it-yourself guide to managing your car's fluids
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How to add motor oil to your vehicle
Oil eases friction on your engine's internal parts.  Oil collects dirt and debris, prematurely wearing down your engines mechanical parts. Old dirty oil thickens and does not lubricate your engine. Your engine needs the right amount of oil to run efficiently. Always adhere to scheduled maintenance of your vehicle.

 
Before you begin
  • Get an oil funnel, oil rag, 1-2 quarts of the correct grade of oil (check your owners manual)
  • Park your vehicle on level ground so you can determine the correct oil level
  • Always work on a cool engine. Turn off the engine and wait at least 10 minutes so all the engine oil drains into the oil pan
  • Remove loose clothing and keep your hands and arms away from cooling fans (fans can turn on automatically even when the engine is off).

How to add windshield wiper fluid

It may be easy to overlook until you try driving while looking through a dirty windshield. If your vehicle's fluid is low it is easy to top it off.

Before you begin

  • Park your vehicle on a level surface and set the parking brake
  • Remove loose clothing and keep your hands and arms away from cooling fans (fans can turn on automatically even when the engine is off)
  • Only use windshield wiper fluid in the washer fluid reservoir. Other fluids may damage the reservoir or the washer system. Especially do not use water which could freeze and damage the hoses
  • In extremely cold weather  use low temp washer fluid and do not fill the reservoir to the top.

How to add power steering fluid
Newer vehicles are equipped with Electronic Power Assist Steering and do not use fluid. But some older vehicles require power steering fluid to help make turning the wheel smooth and easy. Your vehicle's power steering system helps to make low speed maneuvers like parallel parking; in instances like this you need your vehicles steering wheel to turn easily. If your power steering fluid is low you will need to add more to help keep your power steering system functioning properly.

Before you begin

  • Buy a quart of the correct power steering fluid for your vehicle (check you owners manual)
  • Park your vehicle on a flat surface and set the parking brake
  • Remove loose clothing and keep your hands and arms away from cooling fans (fans can turn on automatically even when the engine is off)

How to add engine coolant/antifreeze
The engine generates heat, the farther you drive the hotter your engine gets, that is, until the cooling system kicks in to do it's job. Engine coolant circulates through the engine to absorb the heat. It also helps to keep your engine running efficiently, keeps your cars emissions low, and is also what provides you with heat on cold days. The coolant is an important component to keeping your engine operating at the right temperature. If you ever need to add coolant there are a few things you should know

Before you Begin

  • Check your owners manual to find the correct coolant
  • Buy a gallon of the correct coolant/antifreeze for your engine type.
  • Remove loose clothing and keep your hands and arms away form cooling fans (fans can turn on automatically even if your engine is off).
  • It is very important that you let your engine cool down if it has been running. The heat along with the pressure that builds up in the system, can lead to the liquid exploding from the radiator. Never remove the cap of the coolant reservoir when the engine is running or is still hot.
  • Place a towel or thick cloth over the reservoir cap before removing it because the cap is under pressure.


How to add brake fluid
The hydrolic brake fluid is an integral part of braking.  Step on your brakes and the brake fluid activates your brakes so you can slow down. Brake fluid lubricates and must not be too thick or too thin, and monitored regularly by checking the level of the fluid in the brake reservoir. If your brake fluid ever looks low here's how to top it off.

Before you begin

  • Park your car on a flat and level surface and set the parking brake
  • Protect your eyes and hands when you handle brake fluid because it is toxic
  • Remove loose clothing and keep your hands and arms away form cooling fans (fans can turn on automatically even if your engine is off).
  • Check your owners manual for the recommended brake fluid for your car. Only use fluid from an un-opened container and never substitute another fluid for brake fluid
  • Never let the master cylinder run dry or it may cause brake failure

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