Learn from Watching Oil Change Experts

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Do you know how to check all the fluids under the hood of your car? The next time you get an oil change, why not watch and learn? Darrin Schlafer, Operations Manager for Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change, says customers who know about their cars and monitor fluids can help their mechanics diagnose problems early and more importantly, avoid most major mechanical breakdowns.

When checking most fluids, the engine is turned off. You will get a more accurate reading for your oil if the motor is cool and vehicle is on a level surface. The brake fluid is in a master cylinder frequently located near the firewall on the driver's side. If the fluid is low, don't top it off yourself. Better to tell the shop on your next visit and have the brake linings checked. If you plan to check transmission fluid yourself, make sure the engine is running when you test it.