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How to Check the 5 Essential Fluids in Your Car
Checking your oil and adding engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid are essential for maintaining your car.
How to Diagnose and Repair a Faulty Windshield Washer Pump
The role of your vehicle’s windshield washer pump is to take the washer fluid from the reservoir and circulate it through the tubes to the car’s windshield washer nozzles. The...
How to Replace an Anti-Lock Brake Fluid Level Sensor on Most Modern Cars
The anti-lock brake (ABS) system has a fluid level sensor that fails when the warning light comes on or if there is low fluid in the reservoir.
How to Show a Teenager Basic Car Maintenance
Teaching a teen how to perform simple car maintenance gives them knowledge they can use for a lifetime. And while more complex tasks are probably over their ability...
5 Commonly Overlooked Vehicle Maintenance Items
Brake fluid, auto transmission fluid, and coolant flushes, as well as cabin filter changes and valve adjustments, are all important services.
How to Check Your Car’s Differential Fluid
Ever since you got your driver’s license, you’ve been to told to check your engine oil. But what about the fluids underneath your vehicle? If you’ve got a rear-wheel...
How to Bleed a Clutch
A clutch master cylinder contains a reservoir with brake fluid. It is connected to the clutch slave cylinder through hoses. When you push the clutch pedal, brake fluid...
How to Make Sure Your Car is Ready to Drive
Whether you are taking a short trip to the next town over, or heading out on long summer road trip, inspecting your car before you head down the...
How to Replace Transmission Fluid
Whether you have a manual or an automatic transmission in your vehicle, the transmission fluid is one of the most overlooked fluids when it comes to maintenance. Forgetting to...
How to Clean and Maintain Windshield Washers
When dirt or debris lands on your windshield while driving, your immediate reaction would be to use the wiper fluid spray to clear it. If your car’s wiper fluid doesn't...
How to Flush Your Power Steering System
Modern cars are equipped with power steering which helps the driver easily steer the car by turning the wheel gently. Older cars do not have power steering and you...
How to Check Car Fluids
Maintaining your car involves checking essential fluids. Check the engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield fluid.
How to Diagnose a Fluid Leak
If you see fluid leaking from your car, it's a problem. Determine where the leak is coming from, what type of fluid it is, and the best way to fix it.
How to Replace a Power Steering Fluid Reservoir
A few signs of a faulty power steering fluid reservoir include the smell of power steering fluid burning and a whining noise while turning.
How to Replace a Washer Fluid Level Switch
The washer fluid level switch fails when the Windshield Fluid Warning Light stays illuminated or there are unusual noises coming from the washer pump.
How to Make Your Own Windshield Washer Fluid
It's easy to make windshield washer fluid with common ingredients. Homemade washer fluid can be more environmentally friendly than conventional fluid.
How to Extend the Life of Your Car
There are many things you can do to extend the life of your car, including regular fluid maintenance, timely vehicle repair, and exterior maintenance.
How to Check Your Power Steering Fluid Level
Power steering fluid lubricates the power steering system. The type of power steering fluid differs between cars and the level must be maintained.
How to Replace Transfer Case Fluid
Transfer case fluid lubricates the gears of your four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle. Dirty case fluid affects performance.
How to Check and Add Fluid to an Automatic Transmission Car
Checking and keeping your transmission filled with a good level of fluid will help give you a seamless experience when driving.

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Why is my power steering fluid leaking?
The first thing to do is to make sure the fluid is full in the power steering reservoir. Since you recently replaced a lot of components in the system I would recommend cleaning the area that is wet with fluid...
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Transmission fluid
If you are having problems with your transmission, assuming that your vehicle is equipped with a dipstick to check the fluid level, first make sure the fluid level is correct. Incorrect fluid level can cause transmission problems. Assuming normal service...
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Power steering tank is leaking
Hi there. No, the power steering rack usually does not require replacement if the tank is leaking. If the rack is leaking, then yes. However, the tank and pump may need to be replaced as the whine noise occurs when...
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I think my clutch or clutch master cyclinder went out
Hello - it sounds like the clutch hydraulics are not functioning properly. Check for adequate fluid level first - the clutch fluid reservoir is near the brake fluid reservoir on the firewall (driver side). If the fluid level is low,...
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When I have the clutch in and turn steering wheel there is a noise.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check to see if the belt and tensioner is working and the belt has no cracks. If there are cracks in the belt, then replace the belt. If the belt seems to be loose...
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Multiple problems with the car I just purchased
Hi there. I am so sorry that this has happened to you. The Check Engine Light bulb needs to be replaced so that you know when the system sees a problem; you didn't know that you would fail the emissions...
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Steering issues, my car does not turn well
The power steering system may have a leaking return hose from the steering rack and pinion to the return reservoir. This leak can cause the power steering pump to suck in air into the steering system and cause noise and...
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How much wear denotes for a power steering belt change?
Hey there. The belt would need to be changed if it has signs of dry rot, cracks, or pieces of the belt missing. The mechanic will also note bad glazing on the belt surface. The last reason to replace the...
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Hi, why is it heavy to steer my wheel? But before that I am having problem with my front left tire, its always low on pressure.
When either of your two front tires are low on air pressure, this will cause the steering to be tough to steer depending on how low the air pressure is. Less air in the tire creates more drag on the...
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I tried to bleed the clutch and failed.
Hi there. Assuming, you have not replaced a component, leads me to believe something has failed. Typically, there would be no reason to bleed the clutch hydraulic system unless, a component has been replaced. It could be, a faulty clutch...
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Leaks of brake fluid
Hello - it sounds like despite your efforts to bleed the system, there is still air in the lines. ABS makes this more difficult on some models, and a power bleeder may be your only solution. I would recommend having...
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Could it be the pressure line of the power steering fluid?
Hello there. Power steering fluid leaks are a common problem with your particular vehicle. When there is a leak in the power steering system, once the fluid level drops too far, the power steering pump is not able to provide...
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How much will it cost to tighten the tension pulley and repair power steering leak?
Hello there, you have several different issues going on with your 1999 Pontiac Bonneville. If the tensioner pulley is loose, it most likely needs replaced as it has become damaged on the inside and tightening it will not fix this....
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Leakage of the automatic transmission fluid.
As you describe it, it sounds like you may have a leak coming from your transmission; however, it's difficult to diagnose without more information or actually seeing the vehicle. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your...
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Ran over tire on interstate, checked underneath car and greenish liquid is dripping/pouring near bottom of radiator. Any advice?
Hi there. Chances are, running over the tire on the interstate has created a radiator problem for your vehicle. The light greenish fluid you are seeing, is most likely coolant/antifreeze.The broken plastic piece near the bottom of the radiator, probably...
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Puddle of fluid
If the fluid is pinkish or red, it could be automatic transmission fluid. A certified technician from YourMechanic could perform a leak inspection and let you know what the required repair is. The temperature fluctuation you refer to is probably...
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had power steering pump replaced but power steering fluid is leaking
This suggests that you may have a leak somewhere else in your power steering system such as one of the hoses or the rack and pinion system. As you may know, the power steering system is a highly pressurized system...
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Burning smell when constantly doing maneuvers - 2003 Vauxhall Corsa
Hello there. Unfortunately, we don't typically work on Vauxhall Corsas here in the U.S., but there are a few items that could cause a burning smell including a leaking engine or transmission oil, a "petrol" leak under the hood (as...
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I felt a jolt while driving - could it be a transmission issue?
Hi. This is a good indication that the transmission has overheated and damaged a lot of the internal parts of the transmission. This could have been caused by low transmission fluid or extremely dirty transmission fluid causing a cloth in...
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Engine oil cap popped out without a reason
Oil fill caps have very tight seals. They have to seal tightly because all of the crankcase vapors within the engine have to be confined and recycled through the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system. Consequently, the only way the oil...

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