How to Check Under the Hood of a Car

man looks under hood of car

Keeping your vehicle properly maintained is key if you plan on driving your car for many years to come. To ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly and safely while on the roads of Green Bay, knowing how to check under the hood of a car is very important. By popping open the hood, you can inspect a variety of critical vehicle components like your engine, battery, and fluid levels. Learn how to check under the hood with the experts at Vande Hey Brantmeier.

How to Open the Hood of a Car

Let’s start with the basics of how to open the hood of a car. It’s usually quite simple. Most modern vehicles have a hood release that is located conveniently for the driver. All you have to do is pull the lever and walk around to the front of the vehicle. Lift up the hood, and if necessary, find the support rod to keep the hood open.

What to Inspect Under the Hood of a Car

  • Coolant Level – The radiator of the vehicle can usually be found at the front of the engine and right behind the hood hatch. Because newer engines that are made of aluminum don’t require a large radiator, making sure there is enough coolant is now even more important than ever before. If your car has plastic coolant reserve tank, make sure coolant is at the FULL or MAX line. If your vehicle does not have a reserve tank or the coolant is below the LOW or MIN line, remove the radiator cap and slowly add coolant to the radiator.
  • Oil Level – Check the oil level of your vehicle by removing the dipstick to see where the oil level is at. Make sure the car is on a level service. It is also important to wait a few minutes once the engine has been shut off before performing this task. Check the level and feel the oil to see if it is gritty.
  • Transmission Fluid – The steps for checking transmission fluid is similar to checking the oil level. Remove the dipstick to see where the level is at. If you noticed that the transmission fluid level is low, add automatic transmission fluid until it reaches the FULL mark.
  • Battery – Each month, you should check the connections at your car battery. This is another very simple task. Gently wiggle the battery cables at the two terminals. Do this while wearing gloves because a car battery is full of electricity and acid. If you notice a white powder on the terminals, remove it carefully with a rag or brush. Remember to do this cautiously because that dust is corrosive.

Mopar tech checks engine fluids

Turn to Vande Hey Brantmeier for All Your Service Needs

Whether you’re looking for upcoming events in Chilton, WI, or need help diagnosing a problem with your vehicle, the team at Vande Hey Brantmeier prides itself on helping our customers. If you are not comfortable performing your own vehicle maintenance, the experts at the Vande Hey Brantmeier service center would be glad to get your vehicle operating at peak performance. Schedule your appointment today, or contact us with any questions.

 

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