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How to check car fluids at home


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Ardy123
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Oct 16, 2018, 10:12 AM

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Hi there,

I just bought a used car and I wanted to check the life of the fluids in it.

The levels are all correct but I need to know the life left in them.

I checked the engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluid.

I have attached a picture of their colours. Are they good or do they need to be replaced?

Here: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AhsK2ywg2_s8g4cgVUBH6EP1gG6vzw

Also, for the power steering and brake fluids which didn't have dipsticks, I only checked the fluid in the reservoir. Does that work or does it need to be drained to check the colour of the fluid?

Thanks


Discretesignals
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Oct 16, 2018, 1:38 PM

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Year, make, model, and engine size?
What is the mileage on this?

Hard to tell the condition of those fluids on a paper towel.

Did you take it to your mechanic for inspection before you purchased the vehicle?





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Oct 16, 2018, 1:39 PM)


Ardy123
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Oct 16, 2018, 5:20 PM

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1998 Toyota Corolla 1.8L

No. I did not take it to a mechanic.


JonathanMetcalf
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May 4, 2019, 3:03 AM

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Have you recently purchase your vehicle? It is quite difficult to identify its lifespan.


Tom Greenleaf
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May 4, 2019, 3:37 AM

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This is an old thread should have been locked to unanswered archives only so will lock it. The original person said this was just purchased so there's just no information to work with,


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