How Often Should You Check the Fluids in Your Car?

Winter Car Care Series Part 3 – Check Your Fluid Levels

We are back again with the third installment of Fox Toyota’s winter car care series. If you haven’t seen the first two posts, we are helping you get your car winter-ready in short manageable steps. If you haven’t completed the first two steps yet, fixing existing problems and replacing old windshield wipers, go check out those blogs and then come back for step 3 – checking fluid levels. When it comes to car care too many owners follow the old adage – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, keeping your car, and its fluids, in working order can save it from braking in the first place. How often should you check the fluids in your car? Keep reading to see our suggestions.

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How Often Should You Check the Fluids in Your Car?

Some fluids in your car will need to be checked more regularly than others. Oil for example should be checked every 5,000-7,000 miles. However, if you are getting regular oil changes and your car is generally in good shape, you should be able to leave that one to the mechanics. Windshield washer fluid is another one that should be checked regularly. While running out won’t harm your car, it could leave you in a tough spot if your windshield gets muddy and it has run dry. We suggest checking this one every month during the spring and winter months when it will get the most use and every few months during other times of the year.

Other critical fluids like brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and battery fluid need to be checked less often. We suggest taking a close look about once a year. We like to incorporate it into our winter car prep.

Schedule an Appointment at Fox Toyota

If you’re short on time or just don’t feel comfortable under the hood of your car, schedule an appointment with the Fox Toyota service center and we can take care of your fluid checks for you quickly and easily. Our online appointment scheduler makes it easy to find a time that fits into your schedule.