Under the hood of your car there is a radiator which is what cools down your engine. In order for the radiator to work properly, it needs water and coolant. Being able to check the coolant level is important in order to keep your vehicle running smooth.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to check your vehicles coolant level:

  • You don’t need to take off the cap on the radiator; you can simply look to see if the liquid reaches the “Full” line. If it does not, then you can add 50/50 mix of water and coolant to the radiator until it reaches the line. *Never add fluid to a hot engine.
  • Coolant is usually red, green, yellow, or blue. If you look at the fluid and it is colorless, rusty, and has things in it, then you should flush the coolant and put new in.
  • Something to look out for is if you look at the coolant and it has a sludgy and oily surface. This probably means that there is a internal head gasket leak and you should take you car to a mechanic immediately to have it checked.
  • Since you are already under the hood, now would be a good time to check the radiator hoses as well. If they feel leaky, cracked, bulgy or squishy, you should have them replaced.

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