During the hot summer months, you rely on water to keep you hydrated and cool. Water keeps the body running cleanly and efficiently, and it is important to drink plenty throughout the day. Your Nissan also relies on many liquids such as coolant and transmission fluid in order to run smoothly. It’s important to keep the levels of these fluids from dropping too low, and they must be regularly monitored. Fortunately, Coast Nissan has a few tips you can use to quickly examine each fluid level, or you can visit our San Luis Obispo car dealership and have them examined by our trained professionals.
Oil is the lifeblood of the engine, and keeps it lubricated and operating at maximum efficiency. Oil gets dirty with regular use and must be changed around every 3,000 miles. In order to check any fluid, first make sure the car is parked on level ground and the engine is cold. For the oil, find and remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. After, re-insert and remove the stick, then consult the markings on the dipstick.
Coolant is always important to keep an eye on, but is even more vital during the summer. Your engine can easily overheat and cause expensive damage if the coolant suddenly runs out while the engine is already hot. In most cars, it is stored in a clear plastic container by the radiator, and should have markings indicating the recommended levels.
If you notice that your brakes seem less effective or less responsive, the brake fluid may be running low. Like the coolant, it is generally stored in a clear reserve, and can be easily replaced. However, these symptoms may also indicate a leak or that you need new brake pads, so bring your car into Coast Nissan for expert Nissan service and a thorough inspection of your car.
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