Have you checked your vehicles essential?

Have you checked your vehicles essential?


To check your coolant, unscrew the radiator cap and make sure the level is where it should be according to the line on the tank. If you’re low, topping off with a pre-mixed 50/50 coolant.


To check your oil, pull out the dipstick, wipe it down with a rag, and stick it back in. When you pull it out again, the oil should be at or above the line marked on the stick. If it’s too low, add a quart. Your owner’s manual will tell you what kind you need.


While you’re at it, check your windshield washer fluid. In most vehicles, washer fluid is blue and housed in a white plastic tank. Look on the side of the tank or open the cap covering the tank to check the fluid level.


Fluids aren’t the only things that keep your vehicle running smoothly. Include these items in your regular inspections.


Your serpentine belt also commonly referred to as a drive belt, is responsible for keeping several engine-mounted components running, such as the alternator, water pump, and power steering pump. Checking it with a flashlight for cracking, glazing and fraying is important for preventing some unwanted conditions. If your serpentine belt breaks while you’re driving, that means you will lose your power steering, your engine is at risk of overheating, and your vehicle will be running on battery power alone. Replacing it is preferable, and it’s a great project that requires little know-how.


If coolant is the life blood of your engine, then radiator hoses are the arteries. So, while you’re under your hood, check your radiator hoses for leaks or wear. Squeeze the hoses and make sure they’ve got some give to them. If they’re hard and brittle or cracked, they should be replaced.