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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...
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 pressurizes 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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i have 88 cadillac just got it with brand new tranny i think they damaged seal putting it in what would be my estimated cost for
The cost depends on which seal is leaking. If, for example, the leak is at a transaxle output shaft seal, you can input your year, make and model at the service page for axle shaft seals to obtain a quote....
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How often does my car need power steering, brake, coolant
The timing belt should be replaced at 105,000 miles. The engine coolant and the brake fluid should be exchanged every 45,000 miles. The manual transmission fluid should be changed every 90,000 miles. With regard to power steering fluid, like most...
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How much is a power steering flush and change for a 2009 Honda Civic?
Honda does not specify any service interval for power steering fluid for your specific vehicle and consequently it is not "required" to change the power steering fluid. That is fairly typical (i.e., no specific service requirement). However, it is nevertheless...
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Need help identifying issue please!
Hello, thank you for writing in. It is possible the leak was starting to form when you were driving around the last couple of days. Automatic transmissions have a complex amount of components, seals, gaskets, and various passages for the...
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if my power staering light come on can i be low on fluid ?
Hello, thank you for writing in. You do need to start by looking at the level of power steering fluid. If the fluid is low then there may be a leak that needs to be solved. Add fluid and keep...
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The power steering fluid leaks from my car very quickly.
A large leak, such as that you are describing, will be easy to pinpoint. Causes of power steering leaks vary from the mundane (a simple failed return line hose; no big deal to fix) to the somewhat more complicated and...
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Is there a way to stop a leak in my 1994 Honda Accord.
Hi there. Your leak can be coming from a number of places. If the fluid is really clear it is more than likely coolant. Most of the time a coolant leak comes from the radiator, one of the hoses or...
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My 03 navigator leaked s brownish fluid and now it doesnt move
Hello, thank you for writing in. Due to the fluid found, we need to find and identify the cause of the leak first and foremost. This can be done by tracing it from where the fluid was found, or by...
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I have a 2010 Chrysler Sebring with 125K miles , I've brought the car when it only had 42K on it , I've never had the transmission
I checked to verify and yes, Chilton's (a major vendor of vehicle technical data) does recommend that the automatic transmission fluid and filter, on your year, make and model, be changed at 120,000 miles. I would absolutely recommend having that...
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RPMs drop to zero (typically on acceleration). Usually come back up and belt squealing sound is heard; sometimes engine shuts down
Hello. We will be happy to assist you. You most likely have a stuck pulley along the serpentine belt routing. My first guess would be the power steering pump because it is leaking fluid so that is the component I...
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Used vehicle inspection, issues.
Check over the vehicle for all safety items on the chassis and cabin compartment. Make sure that the vehicle is safe to drive in any condition. I recommend that if you have to replace any suspension or steering components or...
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2013 Ford Fiesta has some weird clicking noise.
Hi there. The clicking noise could be coming from the brake pads shifting around when the brake pedal is released. The fluid noise could be just fuel in the tank sloshing around if your fuel level is low. I recommend...
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I just bought a 99 Oldsmobile silhouette it was a report car. I was on my way home but as I'm driving I hear a loud whining noise.
The whining noise that you are hearing is either the alternator not working properly or the power steering pump is low on fluid. Check the power steering fluid level and see if the oil is full. Listen for the noise...
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Replaced power steering pump and fluid is shooting out of cap after driving when i turn engine off
This is probably a consequence of air trapped in the system, and consequent aeration of the fluid, which builds pressure in the reservoir. If you did not experience this problem prior to the pump replacement, it might be due to...
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I have added power steering fluid to my car...I have seen a video which says the fluid should be in middle level. Can I add more? 2005 Honda Accord
Hello - either the side of the fluid reservoir will have Max/Min marks for the maximum and minimum fluid level desirable for power steering fluid, or there will be a "dipstick" indicator on the inside of the fluid cap that...
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power steering issue
If the system was recently opened up to replace any parts, what you are describing is typically a consequence of air trapped in the system, and consequent aeration of the power steering fluid, which builds pressure in the reservoir. Check...
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my transmission is puring out fluid and heating up
The cost to repair the transmission depends on whether you are experiencing a leak of fluid and then overheating or whether overheating is causing the transmission fluid to overheat, expand and escape through the vent. If the leak is in...
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2003 Jaguar X type. Washer and fluid is not working after a side impact.
Check to see where the washer fluid tank in located at. It the impact was hard enough to damage the washer fluid reservoir, then look at the motor to the reservoir and see if it has the wiring broke off...
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My power steering light came on and I checked the fluid (there was nothing in it). I added fluid and it still was hard to steer. S
Hello, thank you for writing in. If you have two issues with the power steering fluid at once, it would be very unfortunate. The lack of power steering fluid is cause for concern alone. If you are low or out,...
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I have a 2003bmw 525i , I mistakenly put tranny fluid in the power steering canister now it is hard 2steer what 2 do now
Hello, thank you for writing in. While it is not terribly uncommon to run transmission fluid in the power steering system (they are both hydraulic fluids), newer vehicles tend to be designed to be used with specific fluids, and do...

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