It is important to remember to get your car serviced on a regular basis. In particular, fluid leaks are something to keep an eye out for, as they are an indicator that something needs attention.
If you notice a leak, the source should be identified and repaired as soon as possible, this is because if it is left for too long then the repair cost could be considerable. It is especially vital to ensure any leak is not brake fluid.
If it is, or if you are unsure, the car should not be moved due to the risk of brake failure. However, if your car is regularly serviced and checked by a Ford dealer there is every likelihood that any fluid loss will be noticed quickly and remedial action taken before a costly repair is due. So even though it is easy to write off a car service as a boring expense and put it off for as long as possible, it could actually save you a lot of money in the long run.
There are certain things you can do to check the fluids in your car yourself, but make sure you always refer to the vehicle handbook before doing so. The level of most fluids can be checked and topped up from under the bonnet of the car. Often, the filler cap and dipstick/level indicator are colour coded yellow to indicate their location and that they are driver serviceable.
It is good practice to check levels and top up at least once a week, or before starting off on a long journey. Fluids expand when hot, so you may see some of the level indicators have a ‘max’ and ‘min’ mark. This is especially true with the coolant level marks on the side of the coolant reservoir. As a general rule, it is safer to check levels when the vehicle is cold, particularly with the coolant, as it is under pressure when hot and it would be dangerous to remove the cap.
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