Pick up and read the owner’s manual every
now and then. It holds a tremendous amount
of information about your car, such as,
where to find different items, recommended
fluids for the car and what the different
warning lights mean.
Wait until the engine has been turned
off for at least 5 minutes, or check it
in the morning before you start it. Make
sure the car sits on fairly level ground.
Pull the dipstick up and wipe it off.
Insert dipstick and pull it up to read
automatic transmission fluid:
With engine running, keep car in Park
with emergency brake engaged. Pull transmission
dipstick up and wipe it off. Insert and
pull it up again to read level.
View level through the transparent coolant
reservoir when engine is cold. If you
need to top off, remove cap and fill up
to cold level on reservoir. Use GREAT
caution if engine is hot. If cap is loosened,
hot coolant will stream out and could
Every time before you start the car, look
over all the warning lights to see that
they are illuminated and go out after
engine has started. Keep a close eye on
the oil pressure light, this light have
a tendency to break, and with so many
lights on the dash, it can be difficult
to see if it is out or not.
If any red warning lights comes on while
driving, pull over as fast as possible
wherever it is safe to do so. Turn off
the engine and pick up your owners manual.
Read and understand the meaning of the
light. This can save you thousands of
dollars. DON’T try to make it to the shop
because you are “so close”.
Yellow warning lights are an indication
that something is wrong, but it will not
destroy your engine on the spot.
engine temperature gauge:
The gauge will only show correct temperature
when coolant level is normal. If for any
reason all the coolant would pour out
of the engine (blown hose) the temperature
gauge will jump up to “red” level only
for a short time (10-15sec) and then go
back to normal (or below). Many drivers
have badly overheated the engine because
of this, thinking everything is fine since
temperature is down again.
The only accurate way to check is with
a tire pressure gauge. If you need to
add air to the tire, keep in mind that
most gas stations do not have a pressure
gauge on the supply hose. You put a quarter
in the machine, it will give you air until
the quarter is used up, meaning you could
over inflate the tire if not careful.
Walk around the car once in awhile to
check bulbs for functioning. We will do
this every time you have the car in for
service or repair, but bulbs can go out
the very next day after a shop visit.
for your shop visit:
The more you can tell us about your car
and the problem it is having, the more
money you can save by helping us finding
the problem quicker.
Try to recall and write down as much information
as possible. We will ask you questions
like, the speed of the car when problem
occurred, during left or right turn, accelerating
or slowing down, only in the morning or
during the whole day, any warning lights
on the dash, amount of gas in the tank,
if only during rain, etc, etc. All those
things can help us look in a certain direction
and eventually fix the car faster and
for less money.
Keep in mind that no sound produced
by your lips is silly or embarrassing
you or us, but can actually save you money.
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