Do You Know How to Check the Fluids in Your Chevy?

Chevrolet Dealerships Dallas Ft WorthWhen it comes to DIY car maintenance, there are several things that every Dallas Ft Worth used Chevrolet owner should know how to do. At the top of that list is knowing how to check the fluid levels in your car. Those of you who have owned a car for a decade or two most likely know how to do this. But I’m sure there are some drivers out there who have never even opened the hood of their car and therefore, probably didn’t even know you could easily check the oil and transmission levels. Not to worry, that’s why I’m here.

The average passenger vehicle is equipped with a dipstick for the engine oil and another for the transmission fluid under the hood. The exact location of these two will vary from vehicle to vehicle, but they are both fitted with a round handle which will help you grasp and pull them out. The engine oil dipstick is almost always located next to the engine and the transmission dipstick is usually somewhere behind that with either a “transmission” or “ATF” label. If you’re having a hard time locating either one, check your owner’s manual or give us call.

Now that you’ve located the engine and transmission dipsticks, grab a few paper towels and go ahead and pull one of the sticks all the way out. Using a paper towel, wipe off any fluids on the stick and then completely reinsert the stick back into its slot. Now pull the stick out again, but don’t wipe anything off this time. Here’s what you’ll be looking for:

Chevy Service Ft WorthEngine Oil:
Look for the minimum and maximum mark. The oil should be in the middle of these two marks. If it’s low, you will definitely need to add at least a quart of oil. Be sure not to overfill, though. Doing so could cause a lot of damage.

Transmission Fluid:
The fluid should reach the “full” line. If it doesn’t, you could be at risk of some serious engine problems in the future. You may want to give us a call or swing by and let us take look.

Remember, having your fluids at the proper level will help your vehicle run at optimum conditions and prevent future issues. If either one of you fluid levels are low, give Classic Chevrolet a call or make an appointment online. They’ll be happy to show you how to properly add fluids and take car of anything else you may be experiencing in your new or used Chevy.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.