Checking Fluid Levels

Checking Coolant Level

Check coolant level

How to Check Engine Oil

Checking engine oil

 

Checking engine oil

 

Checking engine oil

Checking Brake Fluid

Checking Brake Fluid

Checking Power Steering Fluid

Power steering reservoir

 

Power steering reservoir

Is My Anti-Freeze Coolant Strength Ok Will My Car Freeze?

A simple way to check your Anti-freeze strength is wait until the engine is cold (or the coolant may be scalding and under pressure!). First remove the expansion bottle cap, then by placing your finger over a drinking straw in the coolant remove a small amount of coolant which will be held in the straw, this can then be released into a lemonade bottle cap (or any small container), then place this in your freezer compartment overnight, the coolant should not be frozen in the morning. Most freezes work around -18c so you will be ok in England but might still be worth changing if it looks dirty (should be nice colour blue/green/red) as most manufactures will recommend changing your Anti-freeze between 2-3 years, because not only does it stop your car freezing, but it also raises the boiling point and also stops your engine corroding internally as many alloy components are used in a modern car engine.
The Normal strength for the UK is 50% antifreeze and 50% water this will protect you down to -40c.

Checking antifreeze

 

Checking antifreeze

 

Checking antifreeze

 

Checking antifreeze

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