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What's Under The Hood Of Your Car

What's Under The Hood Of Your Car

Servicing and Repairing Your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or FIAT Car Under the Hood - Greater Toronto

" Budgeting for and doing preventative maintenance on your car is one of the best ways to cut your costs and keep your car"-Car Care Council

If you look after your car, it will look after you-with lower repair and maintenance costs, higher resale value and a longer life. So how do you look after your high-tech machine between scheduled services? Once a month, do our 8-step quick check.

1. CHECK YOUR TIRES AND PRESSURE

Look for damage or uneven wear on your tires. If you find any signs, show your specialist. Next, make sure your tire pressure is set to the manufacturers recommended level. You'll find this on a sticker in your glove compartment. Door jamb or fuel filler door.

2. CHECK YOUR COOLANT

Find your coolant system reservoir, which is usually located near the radiator. You can see the level through the tank. Top it off if needed. Also check that your coolant is not a "rusty" color. NOTE: Never try to open a cooling system pressure cap when the radiator is hot.

3. CHECK THE BRAKE FLUID

Find the brake master cylinder just behind the steering wheel. Check the fluid level through the transparent reservoir. Top off if required.

4. CHECK THE POWER STEERING FLUID

Your power steering reservoir has a dipstick inside the cap. Check that the fluid is within the correct range. NOTE: If you have to add fluid more than once a year, you may have a leak.

5. CHECK THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID

Make sure the vehicle is running but in Park when you check the automatic transmission fluid.  This pink red fluid turns darker as the fluid as the fluid gets older. If it looks muddy or smells burnt, show your specialist. NOTE : Never add fluid unless it is below the ADD mark.

6. CHECK THE LIGHTS AND ELECTRICAL ITEMS

Check that all of your lights are working and test electrical items such as wipers and power windows.

7. CHECK EXTERIOR RADIATOR TANK SEALS

Check the rubber seals on the radiator for proper fit. Make sure the engine is cold. Never touch a hot or steaming radiator.

8. CONGRATULATIONS YOU'RE DONE

Your owners manual also recommends that you check your oil and your windshield washer solvent at every gas stop. Your greater Toronto Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep service specialist can help you choose the right fluids for your vehicle or, if you'd prefer, you can just ask your specialist to top off specific fluids for you.

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