When to check your car’s fluids
“Always make sure you use the correct fluids when topping up”
Weekly fluid checks include: engine oil, engine coolant and windscreen washer fluid (if possible).
Monthly fluid checks include: battery electrolyte (if the battery isn’t sealed), brake and clutch fluid.
Before carrying out any fluid checks make sure the car is parked on level ground. You’ll find it easier to do these checks in good daylight. Use your car’s handbook, which will show you where the fluid reservoirs are located. Always make sure you use the correct fluids when topping up - never mix different grades of engine oil and brake fluid. If in doubt take a look at previous service receipts for details, speak to the shop that carried out the last service or consult your car’s handbook.
All cars are slightly different, so if it is time to top up your fluids, use our before you begin checklist, and find your car for specific instructions.