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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 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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Why would a vehicle go into reverse but not drive
The fluid level could be too low. New fluid replenishes the detergents and that could cause lots of stuff to become entrained and do two things: the contaminants newly circulating in the fluid travel to the filter and plug it...
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Leaking Steering Fluid
If the rack is leaking, it has to either be rebuilt or a properly re-manufactured rack from a name brand vendor has to be installed. In either case, the rack will have to be removed from the vehicle. In case...
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Dry grinding/starting noise when in gear
Hi there. Sounds as if the transmission is low on fluid or the transmission is worn and has roller bearings that are damaged. Check the transmission oil level and see if the fluid is low. The fluid should slightly run...
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I have changed the clutch master cylinder seals on my car but the clutch pedal still does not return.
Hi there. Check the fluid in the reservoir. Top off all fluids that are low. If the fluid was low, then look for any visible leaks. If the fluid is full and there are no leaks, then check to see...
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how did you fix power steerting fluid leaking problem, how much it will cost.?
Leaks occur in these systems either in the low (return) or high pressure hoses, the power steering pump seal and/or the rack and pinion assembly. The actual source of the leaks is identified during a leak diagnostic at the conclusion...
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low tipping noise coming from the engine.
Hi there. The noise you are hearing sounds like a lifter that is tapping. A lifter will tap if it's dirty, old, or if the spring inside it fails. I recommend putting 1 quart of ATF transmission fluid in the...
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power steering is leaking / I have the pump/ pressure hose / belt
Any rubber component on a vehicle system is typically leak prone after about a 6 year lifetime particularly, for example, if you break the seal that a rubber hose in a power steering system makes to a nipple (on pump...
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Car starting then has a power loss.
Hi there. Check all the fluids on your vehicle. Depending on what kind of service was performed on your vehicle will depend on what happened to your vehicle. If you had the engine oil changed, then make sure that the...
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I have a power steering fluid leak, stop leak didn't work. How long car I drive with that problem.
If the leak is not large and you are able to keep the power steering reservoir full by adding back the missing fluid, you can probably drive the car for quite some time. However, such is impractical and thus professional...
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My 745li won't stay in gear.
Hi there. The computer (ECM) is locking out the transmission from engaging a drive mode. When this happens, something inside the transmission has failed, like a solenoid or the pump pressure is low. Check the transmission fluid and make sure...
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The steering wheel is getting tight. How can I fix the problem
The power steering pump may be low on fluid causing the system to work hard like the vehicle had no power steering. Check the fluid for the correct level. If the power steering fluid is full, then the pump or...
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What power steering fluid should I use in my 1998 Toyota Camry
Hello. The power steering fluid that is recommended for your vehicle is either Dexron II or Dexron III. Either will be fine for this system. If you need some help servicing it, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come...
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Do I need a new transmission?
The leak might be transmission fluid. If the transmission has been leaking for a while, the fluid level could have fallen low enough to cause engagement and shift difficulties. Therefore, you should first check the fluid level. If low, add...
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Will using the incorrect ATF on my car cause sensors to fail
With regard to the 2003 Acura TL Honda states in the Owner's Manual, "Always use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid). If it is not available, you may use a DEXRON III automatic transmission fluid as a temporary replacement. However, continued...
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Can up use gear oil in place of brake fluid
The brake system has rubber seals in it which are not compatible with mineral based oils of any kind. Introduction of these oils in to the master cylinder will cause the brake system seals to swell thus preventing normal operation...
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accidentally added windshield washer to coolant line instead of washer tub, just a little, maybe 1/8 of a gallon.
Hi there. A little window washer fluid will not cause any damage to your engine or the cooling system, in fact it will actually make the system work a little better as the fluid has alcohol in it. Alcohol will...
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what causes fluid to shoot out the top of the power steering reservoir
Hello. We will be happy to help you. This is a common problem with Ford's of that era. Well I wouldn't consider it a problem it's more so of a hassle than anything else. If you turn the steering wheel...
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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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