Auto Fluid Replacement

Here's why you should check your automotive fluids regularly as a part of proper vehicle maintenance.

It’s easy – and important – to check your automotive fluids. Dipsticks and reservoirs are clearly marked in modern vehicles.
When adding automotive fluids, be certain you are pouring the right fluid in the right place. Always follow manufacturer's recommendations for your vehicle's fluid specifications.
Learn to observe the condition of your automotive fluids:

  • Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) that is dark or smells burnt may indicate transmission trouble.
  • Dirty oil needs to be changed.
  • Rusty or muddy colored coolant means it's time for a radiator flush.
  • Oil in your coolant or vice versa is a sign of a blown head gasket.

When it's time to top off your fluids – or an auto fluid replacement – turn to Advance Auto Parts. We carry only the best quality auto parts and automotive fluids to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Why you should check your car fluids once a month: it’s essential for vehicle maintenance.

The fluids in your vehicle are vital to its continued operation. Each fluid has an important role. Without coolant, your engine will overheat. An engine starved of oil will die a quick death. A transmission low on ATF will churn itself to pieces.

Discover how to keep your car fluids topped off with help from Advance Auto Parts.

Auto fluid replacement; here’s what you’ll need:

  • Required car fluids
  • Funnel
  • Rags

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for auto fluid replacement:

Estimated time required - 10 minutes

How to check your auto fluids: do it yourself & save!

Some car fluids are best checked when the vehicle is cold. Other auto fluids must be checked when the vehicle is at operating temperature. Check your owner's or repair manual for the proper procedure.

  1. Check your motor oil when the vehicle is cold and on level ground. Add oil only if level is below the add line.
  2. Check the radiator coolant level when the car is cold. The level should be about an inch below the cap or at the “cold” line in the reservoir. Never remove a hot radiator cap.
  3. Follow the hose from your radiator to the radiator overflow tank. Check the coolant level. The tank has both a cold and hot level line.
  4. ATF should be checked while the vehicle is warm and running. Follow your owner’s manual instructions for the proper level. Set the emergency brake. Be careful of hot engine parts.
  5. Check the power steering fluid according to your owner's manual. Some systems require a cold check, while others require the vehicle to be warm. Caps usually have a dipstick attached.

Keep an eye on the brake fluid. A drop in the level could indicate serious brake problems. Dark or murky fluid means the fluid has absorbed moisture. Replace immediately.

When it’s time for an auto fluid replacement – or any type of routine vehicle maintenance task – trust Advance Auto for quality auto parts.