Introduction

Checking the fluid levels on your car can significantly increase its life. Maintaining the correct fluid levels will prevent engine component failures.

Tools

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/3: There is a maximum fluid line on the right side of the reservoir. Remove the brake fluid cap and fill the brake fluid to the maximum level line. Image 2/3: There is a maximum fluid line on the right side of the reservoir. Remove the brake fluid cap and fill the brake fluid to the maximum level line. Image 3/3: There is a maximum fluid line on the right side of the reservoir. Remove the brake fluid cap and fill the brake fluid to the maximum level line.
  • Use caution while handling brake fluid. Brake fluid strips paint and dissolves plastic.

  • There is a maximum fluid line on the right side of the reservoir. Remove the brake fluid cap and fill the brake fluid to the maximum level line.

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Image 1/3: Remove the power steering fluid cap. Check the fluid level using the dipstick attached to the cap. Image 2/3: Fill the power steering fluid to the appropriate level indicated by the "H" for hot and the "C" for cold. Image 3/3: If the car has not been started then the fluid is cold.  If the engine has been running for five minutes or more, then it is hot.
  • Do not overfill the power steering fluid reservoir, as this can overwork the power steering pump and cause it to burn up.

  • Remove the power steering fluid cap. Check the fluid level using the dipstick attached to the cap.

  • Fill the power steering fluid to the appropriate level indicated by the "H" for hot and the "C" for cold.

    • If the car has not been started then the fluid is cold. If the engine has been running for five minutes or more, then it is hot.

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Image 1/3: Remove the dipstick again and check the oil level. Full level is read on the right side of the dipstick. Image 2/3: Remove the dipstick again and check the oil level. Full level is read on the right side of the dipstick. Image 3/3: Remove the dipstick again and check the oil level. Full level is read on the right side of the dipstick.
  • Use the yellow handled oil dipstick to check the oil level by removing the dipstick, wiping off the oil, and re-inserting it.

  • Remove the dipstick again and check the oil level. Full level is read on the right side of the dipstick.

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Image 1/3: Add a small amount of oil and repeat Step 3 until the oil level is full. Image 2/3: Add a small amount of oil and repeat Step 3 until the oil level is full. Image 3/3: Add a small amount of oil and repeat Step 3 until the oil level is full.
  • If the oil level is below full, add oil to the car by removing the cap labeled "Engine Oil."

  • Add a small amount of oil and repeat Step 3 until the oil level is full.

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Image 1/3: Remove the radiator reservoir cap and fill it with coolant until it reaches the full level indicator line on the front side of the reservoir. Image 2/3: Remove the radiator reservoir cap and fill it with coolant until it reaches the full level indicator line on the front side of the reservoir. Image 3/3: Remove the radiator reservoir cap and fill it with coolant until it reaches the full level indicator line on the front side of the reservoir.
  • Make sure the engine is cool before removing the radiator reservoir cap. Radiator coolant needs to be disposed of properly. Visit this link for more information http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/material...

  • Remove the radiator reservoir cap and fill it with coolant until it reaches the full level indicator line on the front side of the reservoir.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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2 Comments

GM does not want purchasers of used cars to check transmission fluid levels.

Hoping you run it dry so things blow up and you have to buy a new vehicle.

Beginning to dislike GMs

Randy Oman - Reply

I been trying to figure out why the cars shaking so i changed the spark plugs now it shake small kind now the airfilrt needs to be changed out as well but whats with the gas smell when turning on?

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